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breeder reactor

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Definition of breeder reactor in English:

noun

A nuclear reactor which 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.

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