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.
Words nearby nuclear fuel
Origin of nuclear fuel
First recorded in 1945–50
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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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