from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Physics The temperature and pressure at which the liquid and gaseous phases of a pure stable substance become identical.
- noun 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 | × |.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Physics) That combination of volume and pressure, at the critical temperature of the substance, at which the liquid and gaseous phases of a given quantity of a substance have identical values for their densities and other properties.
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- noun thermodynamics The
temperatureand pressureat which the vapour densityof the gasand liquid phasesof a fluidare equal, at which point there is no difference between gas and liquid.
- noun mathematics A
maximum, minimumor point of inflectionon a curve; a pointat which the derivativeof a functionis zeroor undefined.
- noun A
junctureat which timea critical decisionmust be made.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made
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