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Syllabification: (cold fu·sion)
Definition of cold fusion: Nuclear fusion occurring at or close to room temperature. Claims for its discovery in 1989 are generally held to have been mistaken.
Definition cold fusion: noun [uncountable] physics
A type of nuclear fusion that some scientists believe can happen at the normal temperature inside a building.
Cold fusion definition:
The fusion of hydrogen atoms into helium at room temperature. In 1989 two scientists announced that they had produced cold fusion in their laboratory, an achievement that — if true — would have meant a virtually unlimited cheap energy supply for humanity. When other scientists were unable to reproduce their results, the scientific community concluded that the original experiment had been flawed. The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
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Noun: cold fusion Nuclear fusion at or near room temperatures, claims to have discovered it are generally considered to have been mistaken.
Cold fusion: A hypothetical process of producing nuclear fusion in a test tube at room temperature; more energy would be produced than would be expended.
Cold fusion: Some ultra-cool event that everyone would like to see happen, and some people anticipate happening; which will never happen.
Example “Jimbo, you say you got a date with Tyra Banks, the super model? Yeah, right — I’ll believe that when my pad is powered via cold fusion and I start gassin’ up my ride with hydroms.” by The Jive Chemist
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Cold fusion or low-energy-nuclear-reaction (LENR) has now been demonstrated to initiate various nuclear reactions in solid materials without application of high energy. This creates a significant challenge for science to explain and for industry to use in a rational way. Therefore, understanding what has been discovered is very important.
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