power plant


Definition of power plant

1 : an electric utility generating station
2 : an engine and related parts supplying the motive power of a self-propelled object (such as a rocket or automobile)

Examples of power plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Efron and Olien learn about how waterfalls and volcanos become electricity that powers Iceland's homes, and tour the Blue Lagoon, which is actually runoff from a power plant. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Zac Efron’s New Netflix Travel Show Isn’t Really About Travel," 13 July 2020 Formula One racing in Austria, the empty streets of Pamplona, a zoo re-opening in Ecuador, a nuclear power plant in France, a wildfire in California, and much more. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Photos of the Week: Chicken Offering, Virginia Creeper, Comet Neowise," 10 July 2020 The former power plant, which stopped running in 2016, ran at 25 megawatts, Richardson said. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'A magical solution': Solar developers planting flowers that could help save butterflies and bees," 9 July 2020 Then, on July 3, an unexplained fire erupted at a power plant in the southwest city of Shiraz, triggering a power outage in the region. Fox News, "Iran’s nuclear facilities are mysteriously under attack," 14 July 2020 Another explosion hit the Zargan power plant in Ahvaz over the weekend and hours later, a chlorine gas leak made dozens ill in southeast Iran. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Mystery fire at Iranian nuclear facility is the latest in a series of unexplained incidents," 6 July 2020 The last time this happened was less than a decade ago, when a massive earthquake followed by a series of tsunamis caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past," 30 June 2020 In the folder are two keys and paperwork for the nuclear power plant’s volume control system. Ashley Chervinski, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Dark Final Season Recap," 28 June 2020 While choosing a power plant can be complicated, help is available from the vast collective memory of the homebuilder community online. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "Living the Top Gun dream, on a budget," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of power plant

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Power plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20plant. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of power plant

US : a building or group of buildings in which electricity for a large area is produced

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Kids Definition of power plant

: a building in which electric power is generated

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