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atomic pile

n.
An early type of nuclear reactor whose core consisted of alternating layers of uranium pellets and graphite bricks, designed to create a sustained fission reaction.

atomic pile

n
(Nuclear Physics) the original name for a nuclear reactor

re•ac•tor

(riˈæk tər)

n.
1. one that reacts or undergoes reaction.
2. Elect. a device whose primary purpose is to introduce reactance into a circuit.
3. an apparatus in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction is sustained and controlled, for generating heat or producing useful radiation.
4. (esp. in industry) a large container, as a vat, for substances undergoing chemical reactions.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.atomic pile - a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energyatomic pile - a nuclear reactor that uses controlled nuclear fission to generate energy
nuclear reactor, reactor - (physics) any of several kinds of apparatus that maintain and control a nuclear reaction for the production of energy or artificial elements
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