Definition of subcritical in English:

subcritical

Line breaks: sub|crit¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈkrɪtɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

Physics
1Below a critical threshold, in particular:
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  • The US has not performed a nuclear test in 10 years, although it has conducted at least 17 subcritical tests - the most recent in August - which are allowed under the CTBT.
  • At subcritical forward velocities, here less than 0.16 nL / sec, the template predicts that no stable gaits exist.
1.1(In nuclear physics) containing or involving less than the critical mass.
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  • The most obvious was the gun assembly technique, in which two subcritical masses of enriched uranium were explosively driven and held together until nuclear fission began and was sustained.
  • Notwithstanding, the U.S. government continues to possess and maintain approximately 10,000 nuclear weapons, and is conducting an ongoing program of subcritical nuclear testing.
  • She watched the reactor output climb until the drive was subcritical.
1.2(Of a flow of fluid) slower than the speed at which waves travel in the fluid.
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  • At 20°C the solution has a critical point at ionic strengths of ~ 13 mM and becomes increasingly subcritical as the ionic strength is lowered.

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