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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.
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atomic pile

n
(Nuclear Physics) the original name for a nuclear reactor
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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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The first Atomic Pile, the original term for a nuclear reactor, was built by Enrico Fermi and his team in the tunnels under the football stadium at the University of Chicago in 1942.
As regards science success, one of the senior scientists, who oversaw the inauguration of Britain's first atomic pile at Harwell in 1948, was an old Hookergate pupil called James Ruddick.
It was right under our nose and we blew it!" and "Holy atomic pile, Batman!" BATMAN'S criminal enemies over the years have included Catwoman, Poison Ivy, the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr Freeze, Bane, King Tut, Black Widow and Two-Face.