power plant

or pow·er·plant


a plant, including engines, dynamos, etc., and the building or buildings necessary for the generation of power, as electric or nuclear power.
the machinery for supplying power for a particular mechanical process or operation.
the engine, motor, or other power source along with related ignition, transmission, etc., components of a vehicle, aircraft, machine, etc.

Origin of power plant

First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for power plant

station, powerhouse

Examples from the Web for power plant

Historical Examples of power plant

  • Now that you've got the power-plant running at last, what next?

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • I think it was some big industrial concern after our power-plant.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • Rovol then plated an immense cylinder of copper and placed it in the power-plant.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • They destroyed the power-plant and wrecked several of the buildings.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • You'd pass the military airport and the power-plant, wouldn't you?

    Uller Uprising

    Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr

British Dictionary definitions for power plant

power plant


the complex, including machinery, associated equipment, and the structure housing it, that is used in the generation of power, esp electrical power
the equipment supplying power to a particular machine or for a particular operation or process
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