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critical

1. Informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
2. Physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt change
3. go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining

critical

[′krid·ə·kəl]
(nucleonics)
Capable of sustaining a chain reaction at a constant level.

critical

Essential for continued operations. In risk analysis, one classifies data by the degree of sensitivity and criticality. See sensitive and risk assessment.
References in classic literature ?
It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.
There are, no doubt, many who have found difficulty in reconciling the critical dictum that the "Paradise Lost" is to be devoutly admired throughout, with the absolute impossibility of maintaining for it, during perusal, the amount of enthusiasm which that critical dictum would demand.
I am by no means certain that the true limits of the critical duty are not grossly misunderstood.
Ruby Gillis was the handsomest girl of the year at the Academy; in the Second Year classes Stella Maynard carried off the palm for beauty, with small but critical minority in favor of Anne Shirley.
But she never sharpened the latter on Anne, who continued to be a prime favorite with the critical old lady.
For all which I shall not look on myself as accountable to any court of critical jurisdiction whatever: for as I am, in reality, the founder of a new province of writing, so I am at liberty to make what laws I please therein.
At last in the third month a critical article appeared in a serious review.
This focus is particularly evident in critical care units, where the technology, work flow, and unit design emphasize standard interventions aimed at the eradication of disease, often at the expense of more individualized and holistic healing practices.
This study compared critical thinking in undergraduate students via case study learning under two methods: (a) individual student analysis and (b) computer-supported collaborative analysis.
In other words, how critical is the training, and how frequently will officers need the training?
As educators strive to meet the challenges of the 21st century, many also recognize the critical role that religion plays in our world.
Data on the percentages of critical points and examples, as well as number of extra points, which were recorded in student notes were collected for each set of student notes produced in each condition.