energy released by reactions within atomic nuclei, as in nuclear fission or fusion.
Origin of nuclear energy
First recorded in 1925–30
Also called atomic energy.
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear energy
energy released during a nuclear reaction as a result of fission or fusionAlso called: atomic energy
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Science definitions for nuclear energy
The energy released by the nucleus of an atom as the result of nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or radioactive decay. The amount of energy released by the nuclear fission of a given mass of uranium is about 2,500,000 times greater than that released by the combustion of an equal mass of carbon. And the amount of energy released by the nuclear fusion of a given mass of deuterium is about 400 times greater that that released by the nuclear fission of an equal mass of uranium. Also called atomic energy
Electricity generated by a nuclear reactor.
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Culture definitions for nuclear energy
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