fissile fissile  /ˈfɪ səl/


  1. (adj) capable of undergoing nuclear fission
  2. (adj) capable of being split or cleft or divided in the direction of the grain


  1. With sufficient fissile material in hand, a trained engineer could build a crude device without too much difficulty.
  2. Our objective should be to focus on the country's nuclear program, insisting on its complete dismantlement and a full accounting of fissile material.
  3. It produces energy for a reprocessing facility capable of turning 8,000 spent-fuel rods possessed by the North into bomb-ready fissile material.


  • North Korea nuclear test still shrouded in mystery

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The outside world may never find out what type of fissile material North Korea used in its nuclear test four months ago, leaving a key question about the explosion unanswered, officials and experts said on Tuesday. The isolated northeast Asian state is believed to have tested plutonium bombs in two previous such blasts, in 2006 and 2009. Any switch to uranium ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "Iran needs to stop enrichment and reprocessing activities because those enriching and reprocessing activities permit, if they are perfected, a state to acquire fissile material for a nuclear weapon," Rice said.
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "They have continued to aggressively pursue nuclear weapons, in terms of their efforts to enrich uranium to produce fissile materials so they can build a bomb," Cheney said. "One of the things I worry about most is that linkage between a...
    on Jan 8, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "My personal guess is they are two to five years away from having a sufficient amount of fissile material and weapon design work to put them in a place where you believe they have the capability of putting a warhead on the end of a missile," Kay...
    on Oct 1, 2008 By: David Kay Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

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