[ploo-toh-nee-uh m] /pluˈtoʊ ni əm/
noun, Chemistry, Physics.
a transuranic element with a fissile isotope of mass number 239 (plutonium 239) that can be produced from non-fissile uranium 238, as in a breeder reactor. Symbol: Pu; atomic number: 94.
a highly toxic metallic transuranic element. It occurs in trace amounts in uranium ores and is produced in a nuclear reactor by neutron bombardment of uranium-238. The most stable and important isotope, plutonium-239, readily undergoes fission and is used as a reactor fuel in nuclear power stations and in nuclear weapons. Symbol: Pu; atomic no: 94; half-life of 239Pu: 24 360 years; valency: 3, 4, 5, or 6; relative density (alpha modification): 19.84; melting pt: 640°C; boiling pt: 3230°C
transuranic element, 1942, from Pluto, the planet, + element ending -ium. Discovered at University of California, Berkeley, in 1941, the element named on suggestion of Seaborg and Wahl because it follows neptunium in the periodic table as Pluto follows Neptune in the Solar System. The name plutonium earlier had been proposed for barium and was sometimes used in this sense early 19c.
plutonium plu·to·ni·um (plōō-tō’nē-əm)
A naturally radioactive, metallic transuranic element, occurring in uranium ores or produced artificially by neutron bombardment of uranium. Its longest-lived isotope is Pu 244 with a half-life of 77 million years. Atomic number 94; melting point 640°C; boiling point 3,228°C; specific gravity 19.84; valence 3, 4, 5, 6.
A silvery, radioactive metallic element of the actinide series that has the highest atomic number of all naturally occurring elements. It is found in minute amounts in uranium ores and is produced artificially by bombarding uranium with neutrons. It is absorbed by bone marrow and is highly poisonous. Plutonium is used in nuclear weapons and as a fuel in nuclear reactors. Its longest-lived isotope is Pu 244 with a half-life of 76 million years. Atomic number 94; melting point 640°C; boiling point 3,232°C; specific gravity 19.84; valence 3, 4, 5, 6. See Periodic Table.
A radioactive chemical element that is artificially derived from uranium.
Note: Plutonium is used in nuclear reactors.
/ˈpluːtʊs/ noun 1. the Greek god of wealth
[ploo-vee-uh l] /ˈplu vi əl/ adjective 1. of or relating to rain, especially much rain; rainy. 2. Geology. occurring through the action of rain. noun 3. Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages. /ˈpluːvɪəl/ adjective 1. […]
[ploo-vee-om-i-ter] /ˌplu viˈɒm ɪ tər/ noun 1. . /ˌpluːvɪˈɒmɪtə/ noun 1. an obsolete word for rain gauge pluviometer (pl’vē-ŏm’ĭ-tər) An instrument for measuring the amount of precipitation at a given location over a specified period of time. Also called udometer.
[ploo-vee-ohs; French ply-vyohz] /ˈplu viˌoʊs; French plüˈvyoʊz/ noun 1. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the fifth month of the year, extending from January 20 to February 18. /plyvjoz/ noun 1. the rainy month: the fifth month of the French revolutionary calendar, extending from Jan 21 to Feb 19