Physics. fissile or fertile material that undergoes fission in a nuclear reactor.
any light element, as hydrogen or helium, that undergoes fusion and gives off energy within the interior of stars.
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Origin of nuclear fuel
First recorded in 1945–50
Words nearby nuclear fuel
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British Dictionary definitions for nuclear fuel
a fuel that provides nuclear energy, used in nuclear power stations, nuclear submarines, etc
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