from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction at a constant level.
  • noun The total mass of matter needed to generate sufficient gravitational force to halt the current expansion of the universe.
  • noun An amount or level needed for a specific result or new action to occur.

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  • noun physics the amount of fissile material that is needed to support a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction
  • noun A quantity or amount required to trigger a phenomenon.

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  • noun the minimum mass of fissionable material that can sustain a chain reaction
  • noun the minimum amount (of something) required to start or maintain a venture


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