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critical point

n.
1. Physics The temperature and pressure at which the liquid and gaseous phases of a pure stable substance become identical. Also called critical state.
2. Mathematics A value in the domain of a given function at which the function has a derivative of zero or a derivative that does not exist. For example, 1 is a critical point for the function x2 - 2x and 0 is a critical point for the function │ × │.

critical point

n
1. (General Physics) physics
a. the point on a phase diagram that represents the critical state of a substance
b. another name for critical state
2. (Mathematics) maths the US name for stationary point

crit′ical point`


n.
the point at which a substance in one phase, as the liquid, has the same density, pressure, and temperature as in another phase, as the gaseous.
[1875–80]

critical point

1. A key geographical point or position important to the success of an operation.
2. In point of time, a crisis or a turning point in an operation.
3. A selected point along a line of march used for reference in giving instructions.
4. A point where there is a change of direction or change in slope in a ridge or stream.
5. Any point along a route of march where interference with a troop movement may occur.
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Noun1.critical point - a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made; "at that juncture he had no idea what to do"; "he must be made to realize that the company stands at a critical point"
crisis - an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
criticality - a critical state; especially the point at which a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining
Translations
kritický bod
kritisk punkt
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The meeting felt that the president was now approaching the critical point, and redoubled their attention accordingly.
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I remember our finding friends (thanks to our letters of recommendation) in a Secretary to the Embassy and in a Queen's Messenger, who assisted and protected us at a critical point in the journey.
It was at a cruel sacrifice of his own anxieties and his own wishes that he deferred continuing the conversation with her from the critical point at which Lady Janet's appearance had inte rrupted it.
He told me that it was a critical point indeed for me to manage, and he did not see which way I should get out of it; but he would consider it, and let me know next time we met, what resolution he was come to about it; and in the meantime desired I would not give my consent to his brother, nor yet give him a flat denial, but that I would hold him in suspense a while.
All critical points will be analyzed and measures will be proposed to clear the negative effects in the case of each critical point.
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