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)

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Will officials try to build their own power plants? Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 Natural gas electricity without the emissions Net Power is working in collaboration with some big names on its power plant in Texas. David Roberts, Vox, "That natural gas power plant with no carbon emissions or air pollution? It works.," 1 June 2018 California may be about to shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, but NASA is looking at a couple of far-flung locations to place small, electricity-producing reactors — the moon and Mars. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "NASA looks to send a small nuclear reactor to the moon and Mars," 23 May 2018 The car as your personal power plant All electric cars convert power from AC to DC to charge themselves up. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can the New Nissan Leaf Compete With the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3?," 16 May 2018 Like nearly all of its power plants, many of its vehicles depend on coal, which is used to make the country’s petrol (a technique that helped the old apartheid regime cope with sanctions). The Economist, "Africa’s big carbon emitters admit they have a problem," 21 Apr. 2018 North Korea is likely to respond by further reducing its reliance on oil and use more of its own coal in its power plants. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, "Sanctions hurting North Korea, but evasion continues," 20 Apr. 2018 Strontian, up in the Scottish Highlands, plans to build itself a school; not far away, the community built a hydroelectric power plant. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "One Coastal Scottish Village Learns the Real Meaning of Community," 19 Apr. 2018 But under Trump, the EPA declared last year that the old rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of power plant

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of power plant was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of power plant

: 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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