American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Extremely significant or important: a crucial problem.
- adj. Vital to the resolution of a crisis; decisive: a crucial election. See Synonyms at decisive.
- adj. Archaic Having the form of cross; cross-shaped.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of cross; transverse; intersecting; decussating: as, a crucial incision.
- In anatomy, specifically applied to two stout decussating ligaments in the interior of the knee-joint, connecting the spine of the tibia with the intercondyloid fossa of the femur.
- Decisive, as between two hypotheses; finally disproving one of two alternative suppositions. This meaning of the word is derived from Bacon's phrase instantia crucis, which be explains as a metaphor from a finger-post (crux). The supposed reference to a judicial “test of the cross,” as well as that to the testing of metals in a crucible, which different writers have thought they found in the expression, are unknown to as learned a lawyer and a chemist as Bacon and Boyle. These supposed derivations have, however, influenced some writers in their use of the word.
- Of or pertaining to a crucible; like a heated crucible as a utensil of chemical analysis.
- Pertaining to or like a cross as an instrument of torture for eliciting the truth; excessively strict and severe: said of a proceeding of inquiry.
- adj. Being essential or decisive for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important.
- adj. archaic Cruciform or cruciate; cross-shaped.
- adj. slang Term of approval, particularly when applied to reggae music.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the form of cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting.
- adj. Severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross; decisive.
- adj. of the greatest importance
- adj. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis
- adj. having crucial relevance
- From New Latin (īnstantia) crucis, (experīmentum) crucis, crossroads (case), crossroads (experiment), from Latin crux, cruc-, cross. Sense 2, French, from Old French, from Latin crux. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Averroes has, unlike Avicenna, made the way something is picked out by the term crucial in determining what kind of modal proposition is produced.”
“Graham fears deep newsroom cuts would eviscerate local reporting, which he called crucial to "the health of the city.”
“Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign-policy representative, welcomed Tuesday what he described as a crucial step in a "historic process" to bring stability to the troubled Caucasus region.”
“BASH: McCain says he's going to Colombia to spotlight his support for free trade, which he calls crucial to jump-starting the U.S. economy -- a sharp difference with Barack Obama.”
“BASH: McCain says he's going to Colombia to spotlight his support for free trade which he calls crucial to jump-starting the U.S. economy.”
“BASH: McCain says he's going Colombia to spotlight his support for free trade, which he calls crucial to jump starting the U.S. economy, a sharp difference with Barack Obama.”
“BASH: McCain says he's going to Colombia to spotlight his support for free trade, which he calls crucial to jump starting the U.S. economy.”
“France in a bid to drum up support for the plan, which he called a crucial part of efforts to lead the world's poorest continent down the path to economic prosperity.”
“Mark D. Wallace, president of United Against Nuclear Iran, said in a telephone interview that the group might seek Congressional hearings on Iran's Swift membership, which he described as crucial to the country's economic survival.”
“The North Saturday threatened to shell the speakers and said it could turn Seoul "into a sea of flame", in what it called a crucial declaration repeated on Pyongyang's official news agency Monday.”
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