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atomic pile

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noun Physics.
  1. reactor(def 4).

Origin of atomic pile

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for atomic pile

atomic pile

noun
  1. the original name for a nuclear reactor
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atomic pile in Science

atomic pile

  1. An early type of nuclear reactor whose core consisted of layers of graphite block interspersed with uranium, designed to create a sustained fission reaction.
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