Binding-energy meaning

The net energy needed to decompose a molecule, atom, or nucleus into its components.
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The net energy needed to remove an atomic electron to an infinitely remote position from its orbit.
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The energy needed to separate a system into its constituents, esp. that needed to separate the nucleus of an atom into its neutrons and protons.
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The energy required to remove a particle from the nucleus of an atom.
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The energy required to remove an electron from its orbit in an atom or molecule.
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(physics) The energy needed to separate the constituent parts of an atom or nucleus; equivalent to the mass defect.
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