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breeder

[bree-der]
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noun
  1. an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces.
  2. a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes.
  3. Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed.
  4. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used by gays to refer to a heterosexual.
  5. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used especially by child-free people to refer to a biological parent.
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Origin of breeder

First recorded in 1525–35; breed + -er1
Related formsnon·breed·er, noun
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Related Words for breeder reactor

reactor, pile

British Dictionary definitions for breeder reactor

breeder reactor

noun
  1. a type of nuclear reactor that produces more fissionable material than it consumesCompare converter reactor See also fast-breeder reactor
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breeder

noun
  1. a person who breeds plants or animals
  2. something that reproduces, esp to excessrabbits are persistent breeders
  3. an animal kept for breeding purposes
  4. a source or causea breeder of discontent
  5. short for breeder reactor
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Word Origin and History for breeder reactor

breeder

n.

1570s, "one who produces or originates," agent noun from breed (v.). Meaning "one who breeds cattle" or some other animal is recorded from 1530s. Of nuclear reactors, from 1948. As a scornful homosexual term for "heterosexual person," attested from 1986.

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breeder reactor in Science

breeder reactor

[brēdər]
  1. A nuclear reactor that is used to create fissionable material (such as plutonium-239) by exposing nonfissionable material (such as uranium-238) to radiation. The source of the radiation is usually some other fissionable material. Breeder reactors produce more fissionable material than they use up.
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breeder reactor in Culture

breeder reactor

A nuclear reactor in which plutonium and other materials are produced as a by-product.

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Breeder reactors are designed to produce more fuel than they consume.

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The development of the breeder reactor has been stopped in the United States, but continues to be pursued in Europe and Japan.
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