Definition of nuclear power in English:
1Electric or motive power generated by a nuclear reactor.
- The Austrians have voted not to generate electricity from nuclear power stations.
- We seem to be uneasy about the generation of electricity by nuclear power, although it is far less polluting than fossil fuels.
- The main example I chose was the use of nuclear power for electricity generation.
2A country that has nuclear weapons.
- The phrase ‘nuclear cricket’ was used to describe the test series between India and Pakistan in 1999, the year both nations became nuclear powers.
- The five original nuclear powers have suspended production of fissionable material for weapons but a treaty on this has been blocked by India and Pakistan.
- Five nuclear powers dominate the UN's security council, which authorises military action against other countries.
- Example sentences
- The nuclear-powered submarine, USS Greeneville, struck the underside of the 180 ft vessel, Ehime Maru, ripping open the engine room and allowing water to pour into the hull.
- A Soviet nuclear-powered submarine, carrying nuclear warheads, caught fire and sank off Norway with the loss of more than 40 crew members.
- The Navy is to take the brunt of the cuts programme announced by Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon last year, losing some 3,000 jobs, six surface warships and at least one of its nuclear-powered submarines.
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