uranium hexafluoride

noun
uranium hexa·​flu·​o·​ride | \ -ˌhek-sə-ˈflȯr-ˌīd How to pronounce uranium hexafluoride (audio) , -ˈflu̇r- \

Definition of uranium hexafluoride

: a volatile compound UF6 of uranium and fluorine that is used in one major process of enriching uranium in uranium 235

Examples of uranium hexafluoride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its long underground halls, centrifuges rapidly spin uranium hexafluoride gas to enrich uranium. Fox News, "Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say," 4 July 2020 In its long underground halls, centrifuges rapidly spin uranium hexafluoride gas to enrich uranium. Fox News, "Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say," 4 July 2020 In its long underground halls, centrifuges rapidly spin uranium hexafluoride gas to enrich uranium. Fox News, "Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say," 4 July 2020 There, centrifuges rapidly spin uranium hexafluoride gas to enrich uranium. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "US analysts say fire at Iran nuclear site hit new centrifuge production plant," 3 July 2020 In its long underground halls, centrifuges rapidly spin uranium hexafluoride gas to enrich uranium. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility," 2 July 2020 The Manhattan Project—the crash effort to develop the atomic bomb—processed uranium by combining it with huge amounts of fluorine to form uranium hexafluoride. Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic, "Is There Still a Good Case for Water Fluoridation?," 17 Mar. 2020 In its latest move to distance itself from the JCPOA, Iran on 6 November resumed enriching uranium hexafluoride gas at Fordow, producing material with a level of the fissile isotope uranium-235 suitable for commercial power reactors. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Political tensions unravel plan to convert Iranian nuclear site to civilian uses," 9 Dec. 2019 The nuclear deal limited Iran to using only 5,060 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to enrich uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas. NBC News, "Iran announces new violations of nuclear deal," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of uranium hexafluoride

1899, in the meaning defined above

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