from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The net energy required to decompose a molecule, an atom, or a nucleus into its components.
- n. The net energy required to remove an atomic electron to an infinitely remote position from its orbit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The energy needed to separate the constituent parts of an atom or nucleus; equivalent to the mass defect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the energy required to separate particles from a molecule or atom or nucleus; equals the mass defect
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