Definition of breeder reactor in English:

Share this entry

breeder reactor

noun

A nuclear reactor that creates fissile material (typically plutonium-239 by irradiation of uranium-238) at a faster rate than it uses another fissile material (typically uranium-235) as fuel.
Example sentences
  • A breeder reactor would convert uranium 238 to plutonium that we could burn.
  • No breeder reactor, a technology necessary for nuclear fission, has ever been successful in the marketplace.
  • For example, a breeder reactor is one in which new reactor fuel is manufactured.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: breed·er re·ac·tor

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.