- (of a nuclide) capable of undergoing fission induced by low-energy neutrons, as uranium 233 and 235.
Origin of fissile
Examples from the Web for fissile
Contemporary Examples of fissile
North Korea claims to have converted the fissile material into nuclear weapons.How Close Is North Korea to a Nuclear Missile?
March 26, 2012
Historical Examples of fissile
It appears to us from its use to have been either a quartzite or a fissile limestone.De Re Metallica
This mineral is fissile, and moderately hard, which renders it fit for their peculiar ripe sculptures.
A fissile texture is occasionally assumed by clinkstone and other trap rocks, so that they have been used for roofing houses.A Manual of Elementary Geology
Fissile, fis′il, adj. that may be cleft or split in the direction of the grain.
Mould, the earth of vegetables, is hardened into fissile slate, which being impregnated with bitumen becomes coal.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
Word Origin for fissile
1660s, from Latin fissilis "that which may be cleft or split," from fissus, past participle of findere (see fissure).