afterheat

[ af-ter-heet, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌhit, ˈɑf- /

noun Physics.

the heat generated by radioactivity remaining in a nuclear reactor after it has been shut down.

Nearby words

  1. aftereffect,
  2. afterglow,
  3. aftergrowth,
  4. afterguard,
  5. afterhearing,
  6. afterimage,
  7. afterimpression,
  8. afterlife,
  9. afterlight,
  10. afterload

Origin of afterheat

First recorded in 1970–75; after + heat

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British Dictionary definitions for afterheat

afterheat

/ (ˈɑːftəˌhiːt) /

noun

the heat generated in a nuclear reactor after it has been shut down, produced by residual radioactivity in the fuel elements
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