fissile vs fissionable what difference

what is difference between fissile and fissionable

English

Etymology

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Adjective

fissile (comparative more fissile, superlative most fissile)

  1. Able to be split
  2. (geology) Easily split along a grain
  3. (physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear fission chain reaction.

Derived terms

  • fissility

Translations

Anagrams

  • Silfies

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

fissile (plural fissiles)

  1. fissile, fissible

Further reading

  • “fissile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfis.si.le/
  • Rhymes: -issile

Adjective

fissile (plural fissili)

  1. fissile
  2. (physics) fissile, fissionable
    Synonym: fissionabile
  3. (geology) fissile

Related terms

  • fissilità
  • fissione


English

Etymology

fission +‎ -able

Adjective

fissionable

  1. Capable of undergoing nuclear fission; fissile.

Antonyms

  • nonfissionable

Derived terms

  • fissionability

Translations

Noun

fissionable (plural fissionables)

  1. Any fissile or fissionable substance.
    • 1956, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (volume 12, number 4, page 106)
      If one nation seized the fissionables within its borders, this would “serve as a danger signal” to other nations. The wrongdoer’s gain would be short-lived because other nations would take defensive action in kind.

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