breeder reactor definition by Webster's New World
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a nuclear reactor generating nuclear energy and creating additional fuel by producing more fissile material than it consumes
breeder reactor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A nuclear reactor that produces as well as consumes fissionable material, especially one that produces more fissionable material than it consumes.
breeder reactor - Cultural Definition
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A nuclear reactor in which plutonium and other materials are produced as a by-product.
- Breeder reactors are designed to produce more fuel than they consume.
- The development of the breeder reactor has been stopped in the United States, but continues to be pursued in Europe and Japan.
breeder reactor - Science Definition
A nuclear reactor that is used to create fissionable material (such as plutonium-239) by exposing nonfissionable material (such as uranium-238) to radiation. The source of the radiation is usually some other fissionable material. Breeder reactors produce more fissionable material than they use up.