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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.
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Distance event triggers or idle times to attack are designed to create an opportunity to act with critical distance.
A black hole's strong gravitational pull overcomes a star's self-gravity at a critical distance known as its tidal reach.
Sugana clearly defines Flaubert's relationship with la betise, from which Flaubert makes all attempts to distance himself, for the true writer only finds his purpose in an ascetic and studious life, reminding us that critical distance with the discourse of modernity is the only way of writing the absurdity of one's own time.
The text also fails to respond to requests regarding the definition of more ecological criteria for the choice of species subject to testing, precise zoning of cultivation and field trials and their follow-up (lack of critical distance, said MEPs) and the method for selecting environments for planting.
Johnston spends a lot of time sorting critics into proponents or opponents of New Criticism, and maintaining a critical distance from the New Historicism, which, he claims, reduces the heterogeneity of texts to a 'total explanatory system' (p.
She attributes to Mansfield a full critical distance from the racial exoticism represented through the would be avant-garde artist-narrator of the story.
Anything that allows us some critical distance on our disordered relation to the world, our misusing what should create awe in us, is vital to our well-being.
Exploring the practicality of Deleuzian concepts, the essays featured in the prologue and Act I regularly take a critical distance towards Deleuze's own study of performance practices that lead to notions such as becoming-minor and the Body without Organs.
McCracken draws on Mallon's own memoirs while maintaining a critical distance from them.
Isabelle Marinoine's piece on Cauvin could have explored his political evolution with a little more critical distance.
Blake suggests that merely by nature of their fictionality the texts he discusses work to create critical distance between reader and subject.
3 are plotted the stress distributions versus the distance r from the concentrator tip, resulting the critical distance L = 1.

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