Definitions for "Critical"
Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation.
Anything which is essential. A form of illness which is life threatening. See critical illness insurance.
forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious.
Kant's lifelong approach to philosophy which distinguishes be­tween different perspectives and then uses such distinctions to settle otherwise unresolvable disputes. The Critical approach is not primarily negative, but is an attempt to adjudicate quarrels by showing the ways in which both sides have a measure of validity, once their perspective is properly understood. Kant's system of Critical philosophy emphasizes the importance of examin­ing the structure and limitations of reason itself.
at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure"; "critical mass"; "go critical"
Term used to describe a nuclear reactor that is sustaining a chain reaction.
The state at which a reactor produces enough neutrons to maintain fission reaction
the category of medical devices or instruments that are introduced directly into the human body, either into or in contact with the bloodstream or normally sterile areas of the body (e.g., surgical scalpel) These items are so called because of the substantial risk of acquiring infection if the item is contaminated with microorganisms at the time of use.
a taxon classified as critical under the proposed IUCN categories has a 50% probability of becoming extinct within 5 years or two generations, whichever is longer.
Period: A developmental phase in which the brain requires certain environmental input or it will not develop normally. Scientists have documented critical periods for the presence of certain nutrients (e.g., folic acid, iron, protein and calories), for certain types of sensory stimuli (such as vision and speech sounds), and for certain emotional and cognitive experiences (attachment, language exposure). However, there are many mental skills, such as reading, vocabulary size, and the ability to see color, which do not appear to pass through tight critical periods in their development. See also: Windows of Opportunity.
period hypothesis This states that target-language competence in an L2 can only be achieved if learning commences before a certain age (e.g. the onset of puberty) is reached. [67
Damage inflicted (by a player or monster) that easily stands above damage normally done by the same source. (i.e. "Adult Reedshark impales you for 28 points of piercing damage" as opposed to 4 or 5.)
An attack that causes more damage than normal.
A LanSafe event status signifying the need for immediate attention. Critical is the highest event severity and includes events such as UPS component failures. Critical events and status are associated with the color red.
The adjective used to describe systems, data, etc that are essential to the immediate continuity of business at the University.
Resource Issue - A threat to the park's plant and animal resources that is so critical some action needs to be taken immediately.
of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"
Shear force
a special case a resonant frequency that occurs when a rotor's rotational speed is the forced vibration coinciding with one of the rotor's natural frequencies
A reflective position on the meaning, biases or value messages of a text.
Angle The minimum angle of incidence at which Total Internal Reflection can occur. More details.
marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"
urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.