critical mass


: a size, number, or amount large enough to produce a particular result
the critical mass of activity needed for a retail store

Examples of critical mass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conversation is happening with a critical mass of people at the same time. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2024 If the protests do not reach a critical mass and develop a positive vision for the future, the silent majority is unlikely to join. Ali Vaez, Foreign Affairs, 2 Feb. 2023 There’s no set route to enclave status, but once a critical mass of LGBTQ visitors is reached, the network effect applies. June Thomas, TIME, 31 May 2024 WhatsApp was the first mobile private messaging service to gain critical mass. PCMAG, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for critical mass 

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of critical mass was in 1947

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“Critical mass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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