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Cutoff frequency

In telecommunication, the term cutoff frequency has the following meanings:

1. The frequency either above which or below which the output of a circuit, such as a line, amplifier, or filter, is reduced to a specified level.

2. The frequency below which a radio wave fails to penetrate a layer of the ionosphere at the incidence angle required for transmission between two specified points by reflection from the layer.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188

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