Full record for cold fusion n.

Definition a form of fusion that does not require high temperature
OED requirements antedating 1957
Earliest cite Theodore Sturgeon, 'The Pod and the Barrier'
Comment Mike Christie submitted a 1957 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "The Pod and the Barrier".
Earliest cite in the OED: 1982.
Last modified 18 June, 2009

Citations for cold fusion n.

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1957 T. Sturgeon Pod in Barrier in Galaxy Sci. Fic. Sept. 17/1 Knowledge—the knowledge that put cold-fusion power plants on all the Earth planets, in all the factories.
1993 A. C. Clarke Hammer of God 87 The first was the so-called ‘Cold fusion’ revolution, which brought about the sudden end of the Fossil Fuel Age and destroyed the economic base of the Muslim world for almost a generation ‥