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- Inclined to find fault or criticize; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
- Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture.
- Of the point where an atomic or chemical reaction becomes self-sustaining.
- Extremely important
- It's critical that you deliver this on time.
- relating to literary criticism and related kinds of criticism
- The movie was a critical success, but bombed at the box-office.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a. [See Critic, n.,
1. Qualified to criticise, or pass
judgment upon, literary or artistic productions.
It is submitted to the judgment of more
critical ears to direct and determine what is graceful and
what is not.
2. Pertaining to criticism or the
critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as,
critical knowledge; a critical
3. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or
to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely
Virgil was so critical in the rites of
religion, that he would never have brought in such prayers as
these, if they had not been agreeable to the Roman customs.
4. Inclined to criticise or find fault;
fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting.
O gentle lady, do not put me to 't,
For I am nothing, if not critical.
5. Characterized by thoroughness and a
reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a
critical analysis of a subject.
6. [See Crisis.] 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.
Our circumstances are indeed critical.
The small moment, the exact point, the
critical minute, on which every good work so much
Critical angle (Optics), that
angle of incidence of a luminous ray at which it is wholly
reflected, and no portion of it transmitted. The sine of this
angle is the reciprocal of the refractive index of the
medium. -- Critical philosophy, the
metaphysical system of Kant; -- so called from his most important
work, the "Critique of Pure Reason." -- Critical
point (Physics), a certain temperature,
different for different gases, but always the same for each gas,
regarded as the limit above which no amount of pressure can
produce condensation to a liquid.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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