critical mass

noun

Definition of 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 Thanksgiving break has been extended for hundreds of thousands of public school students across the country, as the number of educators in schools dips below critical mass. Alexandria Hoff, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2021 With a critical mass of public support and promised investment, Throwe said, the authorities’ projects would, in turn, be more competitive for federal dollars. Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2021 Musk has consistently maintained that Tesla’s self-driving systems are safe, but a critical mass of data doesn’t exist to validate that opinion. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 First, as a barometer: when a critical mass of opportunity means that no one work is taken as predictive. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The difference, though, is that the lack of critical mass of creatives of color makes the loss of one come at a greater cost. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The potential loss of that critical mass of customers has motivated cable and satellite providers to ask Bally and other sports channels to hold the line on costs or risk being dropped from the provider. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 The power of critical mass is not just in narrative. Alex Lazarow, Forbes, 8 June 2021 With a critical mass of public support and promised investment, Throwe said, the authorities’ projects would, in turn, be more competitive for federal dollars. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of critical mass

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of critical mass was in 1919

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“Critical mass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critical%20mass. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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critical mass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of critical mass

: an amount of material (such as plutonium) that is large enough to allow a nuclear reaction to occur
: the size, number, or amount of something that is needed to cause a particular result

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