reactor

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noun re·ac·tor \rē-ˈak-tər\

Definition of reactor

  1. 1 :  one that reacts

  2. 2 :  a device (such as a coil, winding, or conductor of small resistance) used to introduce reactance into an alternating-current circuit

  3. 3a :  a vat for an industrial chemical reactionb :  a device for the controlled release of nuclear energy (as for producing heat)

1890

First Known Use of reactor

1890



REACTOR Defined for English Language Learners

reactor

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Definition of reactor for English Language Learners

  • physics : a large device that produces nuclear energy


REACTOR Defined for Kids

reactor

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noun re·ac·tor \rē-ˈak-tər\

Definition of reactor for Students

  1. :  a device using atomic energy to produce heat


Medical Dictionary

reactor

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noun re·ac·tor \rē-ˈak-tər\

Medical Definition of reactor

  1. 1:  one that reacts: asa:  a chemical reagentb:  an individual reacting to a stimulusc:  an individual reacting positively to a foreign substance (as in a test for disease) reactors to tuberculin

  2. 2a:  a piece of equipment in which a chemical reaction and especially an industrial chemical reaction is carried outb:  a device for the controlled release of nuclear energy (as for producing heat)



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