adjective Date: 1930 1. less or lower than critical in respect to a specified factor 2. a. of insufficient size to sustain a chain reaction <
a subcritical mass of fissionable material
b. designed for use with fissionable material of subcritical mass <
a subcritical reactor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • subcritical — [subkrit′i kəl] adj. 1. less than critical 2. unable to sustain a fission chain reaction: said of a nuclear reactor, device, etc …   English World dictionary

  • subcritical — adjective Less than critical, or below criticality a subcritical reactor …   Wiktionary

  • subcritical — /sub krit i keuhl/, adj. 1. Physics. pertaining to a state, value, or quantity that is less than critical, esp. to a mass of radioactive material. 2. being of less than critical importance. [1940 45; SUB + CRITICAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • subcritical — adj. containing less than the critical mass (Physics); not critically important …   English contemporary dictionary

  • subcritical — adjective Physics 1》 (in nuclear physics) containing or involving less than the critical mass. 2》 (of a flow of fluid) slower than the speed at which waves travel in the fluid …   English new terms dictionary

  • subcritical — sub·critical …   English syllables

  • subcritical — /sʌbˈkrɪtɪkəl/ (say sub kritikuhl) adjective denoting or relating to a nuclear reaction or a nuclear reactor in which the chain reaction is not self sustaining. Compare supercritical …   Australian English dictionary

  • subcritical — adj. Physics of less than critical mass etc …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Subcritical assembly — См. Подкритическая сборка Термины атомной энергетики. Концерн Росэнергоатом, 2010 …   Термины атомной энергетики

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