cold fusion

.cold 'fusion
n [U]
a type of ↑nuclear fusion (=the joining together of the centre of two atoms, which releases energy) which some scientists believe can happen at extremely low temperatures, but which other scientists believe is impossible

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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