Share this entry

Share this page

fuel element

Line breaks: fuel elem|ent

Definition of fuel element in English:

noun

An element consisting of nuclear fuel and other materials for use in a reactor.
Example sentences
  • A nuclear reactor containing only fuel elements would be unusable because a chain reaction could probably not be sustained within it.
  • Cesium - 137, which decays to nonradioactive barium, is found in spent fuel elements from nuclear reactors.
  • Well, if they aimed a big enough rocket, I mean a missile with a big enough warhead, they could release radioactivity from the spent reactor fuel elements which could be quite serious.

Definition of fuel element in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…