reactor

noun
re·​ac·​tor | \ rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce reactor (audio) \

Definition of reactor

1 : one that reacts
2 : a device (such as a coil, winding, or conductor of small resistance) used to introduce reactance into an alternating-current circuit
3a : a vat for an industrial chemical reaction
b : a device for the controlled release of nuclear energy (as for producing heat)

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The Brunswick plant's two reactors are of the same design as those in Fukushima, Japan, that exploded and leaked radiation following a 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence's potentially catastrophic path includes 'at-risk' nuclear power plants," 12 Sep. 2018 According to company CEO Chris Levesque, speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the price of a demonstration reactor is around $1 billion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China," 2 Jan. 2019 That report cites a series of delays and cost overruns at the agency, including a contentious project to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium and uranium into fuel for commercial reactors at a site in South Carolina. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Congress drops bid to loosen supervision of nuclear agency," 24 July 2018 Even after the infamous meltdown in 1986, the other nuclear reactors at the facility continued operating until the turn of the century. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl Has a New Power Plant, But This Time It's Solar," 9 Oct. 2018 The three reactors at the Tomari plant had switched to emergency backup generators to keep spent fuel safely cooled. Fox News, "The Latest: 9 dead, 30 missing in northern Japan quake," 6 Sep. 2018 Five have retired in the past five years, and 12 reactors at nine plants have announced plans to retire ahead of schedule. David Roberts, Vox, "Half of America’s carbon-free electricity comes from nuclear. Here’s how to save it.," 10 May 2018 The Pentagon tested prototype engines with 500-megawatt reactors at the Department of Energy Nevada Test Site in 1961 and 1964, but soon after had second thoughts about the project. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Russia’s New Nukes Are Similar to a Risky Project the U.S. Abandoned," 2 Mar. 2018 The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says a hassle-free, low-maintenance reactor is unlikely at this point of technological development. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Critics Roast the Department of Defense’s Battlefield Nuclear Reactor," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of reactor

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reactor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reactor

physics : a large device that produces nuclear energy

reactor

noun
re·​ac·​tor | \ rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce reactor (audio) \

Kids Definition of reactor

: a device using atomic energy to produce heat

reactor

noun
re·​ac·​tor | \ rē-ˈak-tər How to pronounce reactor (audio) \

Medical Definition of reactor

1 : one that reacts: as
a : a chemical reagent
b : an individual reacting to a stimulus
c : an individual reacting positively to a foreign substance (as in a test for disease) reactors to tuberculin
2a : a piece of equipment in which a chemical reaction and especially an industrial chemical reaction is carried out
b : a device for the controlled release of nuclear energy (as for producing heat)

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