You may think that you know every meaning of the word reactor, but think again. We’re adding a new definition to the dictionary:

Main Entry: re·ac·tor
Pronunciation: \rē-ˈak-tər\
Function: noun
Date: 1890
1 : one that reacts
2 : a device (as a coil, winding, or conductor of small resistance) used to introduce reactance into an alternating-current circuit
3 a : a vat for an industrial chemical reaction b : a device for the controlled release of nuclear energy (as for producing heat)
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