the radioactive by-products from the operation of a nuclear reactor or from the reprocessing of depleted nuclear fuel.
- Also called nuclear waste.
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How to use radioactive waste in a sentence
Just ask the scientists tasked with warning civilizations thousands of years in the future, which may not understand any of the world’s current languages, about radioactive waste that will still pose a threat in their time.Apple TV+’s Beautiful, Frustrating Foundation Is the Latest Example of the Problem With Genre TV | Judy Berman | September 24, 2021 | Time
On top of that, the process doesn’t create any long-lived radioactive waste, unlike conventional nuclear power plants.The Race for Fusion Power Heats Up as Multiple Projects Hit New Milestones | Edd Gent | September 20, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Very little indicates it’s the final resting place for radioactive waste.Once the Uranium Capital of the World, Moab, Utah, wants to unload its radioactive legacy | Sarah Scoles | September 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
Mayak, a nuclear facility, has several nuclear reactors and is a storage site for radioactive waste.
British Dictionary definitions for radioactive waste
any waste material containing radionuclides: Also called: nuclear waste
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Cultural definitions for radioactive waste
Radioactive materials that may be left after a commercial or laboratory process has been carried out. Some is “low-level” waste, such as objects that have touched the radioactive tracers used in certain medical tests. Other waste may be “high-level,” such as the material left in a nuclear reactor after the fuel has been consumed.
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