power plant

noun

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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The landfill has a 44.5-million cubic yard capacity and will be closed when the power plant retires in 2042. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 The Adams hydroelectric power plant was the first to open, operating on the US side from 1895 to 1961. CNN, 2 Nov. 2022 In a likely response to the Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, the head of the port city of Sevastopol in the Russian-annexed region of Crimea said a power plant just outside the city had suffered minor damage in a drone attack. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2022 In 2021, a 37-year-old tidal power plant in Canada was shut down partly because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans had found that the plant’s turbine was killing fish. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2022 The power plant has been a major concern for both Ukraine and Russia throughout President Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country, posing a threat of nuclear disaster if it is damaged or left in disrepair amid the conflict. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 23 Oct. 2022 Although the plan to extend the life of the state’s only nuclear power plant came from Newsom, conservative voters are the most supportive — more than two-thirds of them are in favor. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2022 But the power plant sits in one of four regions that Russia has moved to annex, making its future uncertain. Hanna Arhirova, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2022 The Fisk power plant emitted high concentrations of carbon dioxide before it was shut down in 2012. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of power plant was in 1871

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“Power plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20plant. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

power plant

noun

: a building in which electric power is generated

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