Definition of nuclear power in English:

nuclear power

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Electric or motive power generated by a nuclear reactor.

    • ‘The Chinese are claiming this is the biggest advance in nuclear power generation for 25 years.’
    • ‘However, energy requirements may come from solar power, or even nuclear power in Britain.’
    • ‘But that is not enough to explain the real antipathy to, say, nuclear power generation.’
    • ‘Uncertainty over what to do with nuclear waste bedevils nuclear power.’
    • ‘That is about half of the electricity generated by the Torness nuclear power station in East Lothian.’
    • ‘I happen to be a supporter of nuclear power for the electrical power grids upgrade.’
    • ‘Germany has shut 16 nuclear reactors as part of a plan to eliminate nuclear power from its energy mix.’
    • ‘I will focus on three key areas: carbon management, renewable energy, and nuclear power.’
    • ‘The third hurdle that nuclear power advocates must overcome is radioactive waste.’
    • ‘But the dream of a new generation of nuclear power may prove to be the real casualty of last week's events.’
    • ‘Yes, at maximum capacity the scheme would generate about half as much power as Torness nuclear power station.’
    • ‘The main example I chose was the use of nuclear power for electricity generation.’
    • ‘The Austrians have voted not to generate electricity from nuclear power stations.’
    • ‘Smith identifies the problems that must be addressed if nuclear power is to be expanded.’
    • ‘Liberals also need to get over their allergy to the cleanest form of energy, nuclear power.’
    • ‘So even if you double that, it doesn't really affect the generating cost of nuclear power.’
    • ‘It is a green light to the nuclear industry, indicating support for a new generation of nuclear power stations.’
    • ‘Scotland has more than sufficient capacity without nuclear power to meet its electricity requirements.’
    • ‘Hence the first generation of nuclear power stations, with the exception of Trawsfynydd, was located on the coast.’
    • ‘We seem to be uneasy about the generation of electricity by nuclear power, although it is far less polluting than fossil fuels.’
    energy, electrical power, nuclear power, solar power, steam power, water power
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  • 2A country that has nuclear weapons:

    ‘the confrontation between the two nuclear powers worsened’
    • ‘As you know, five of those countries are not nuclear powers, at least not as far as the United States knows.’
    • ‘Currently the two nuclear powers have about 6,000 to 7,000 warheads each, and these would be cut to between 1,500 and 2,200.’
    • ‘The two nuclear powers stand dangerously close to war.’
    • ‘More serious still, the US intervention in Afghanistan is threatening to spark off a war between south Asia's two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.’
    • ‘There was also considerable concern expressed throughout Europe, as well as by other nuclear powers not currently on the US target list.’
    • ‘Five nuclear powers dominate the UN's security council, which authorises military action against other countries.’
    • ‘The phrase ‘nuclear cricket’ was used to describe the test series between India and Pakistan in 1999, the year both nations became nuclear powers.’
    • ‘But what message does this send out to countries that want to become nuclear powers themselves?’
    • ‘The five original nuclear powers have suspended production of fissionable material for weapons but a treaty on this has been blocked by India and Pakistan.’
    • ‘Years are going by, but the major nuclear powers are keeping their weapons despite the absence of strategic conflict.’
    • ‘With both countries being nuclear powers, tense relations could jeopardise one fourth of the world's population, he added.’
    • ‘A consensus emerged that the number of nuclear weapons in the world needed to be drastically reduced, and that no new nuclear powers should be allowed to emerge to increase the risk even further.’
    • ‘Both the president and his challenger conveniently suppose that diplomacy will somehow break what looks like the determination of both countries to become nuclear powers.’
    • ‘After all, the ultimate threat from the nuclear powers would be to do to Pakistan what India was in the process of doing anyway, namely, punishing it militarily.’
    • ‘Asean wants the nuclear powers, who have been reluctant to acknowledge the treaty, to agree to protocol measures attached to the treaty.’
    • ‘Many countries aspiring to be nuclear powers can learn from their experiences.’
    • ‘There is no need for those countries to be nuclear powers in their own right as long as they are allied with the United States.’
    • ‘And thus, you would have the danger of a conflict between two nuclear powers.’
    • ‘It was American mediation between Pakistan and India that defused tension between these two nuclear powers on at least two critical occasions.’
    • ‘The international observers at the storage sites would warn if any one of the eight nuclear powers prepared weapons for use.’

Pronunciation

nuclear power