critical point

noun

Definition of critical point

: a point on the graph of a function where the derivative is zero or infinite

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His visits last year came at critical points in Mr. Kim’s diplomatic maneuverings with the U.S. and South Korea. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un Visits China on His Birthday," 7 Jan. 2019 The film, which comes out Wednesday, is set in 1982, a critical point in the war, and was primarily shot thousands of miles away in Morocco. Maya Salam And Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "This Is the Beirut We Wish You Could See," 10 Apr. 2018 The move comes at a critical point for the future of the country’s trade relationships. Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg.com, "Trudeau Blocks Chinese Takeover of Aecon on Security Grounds," 23 May 2018 From a teaching perspective, this is the actually the critical point: is a skill impossible for a student to learn for some reason? Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Love of patterns, order may explain mad math skills—and autism link," 8 Aug. 2018 This is a critical point of Vegas's short history, with second- and third-generation citizens trying to turn it from a gambling tourist center to a respected city. Jesse Dougherty, chicagotribune.com, "Las Vegas, shaken by tragedy, finds an unlikely rallying point: Its first-year NHL team," 27 May 2018 Belleau Wood ‘‘definitely was a critical point in the road for America becoming a world power,’’ Jones said. Raf Casert, BostonGlobe.com, "1918 battle was turning point for US forces in World War I," 26 May 2018 The difference was Halli played some unbelievable tennis, especially at critical points late in the match. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel will face Brownsburg in girls tennis state semifinal," 1 June 2018 Their ensemble precision snapped into place at critical points. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Elias String Quartet and Jonathan Biss: Happiness on a high plane," 22 Feb. 2018

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circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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