Words nearby atomic pile
Origin of atomic pile
First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for atomic pile
the original name for a nuclear reactor
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Scientific definitions for atomic pile
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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