critical point

noun

Definition of critical point

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

Examples of critical point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, hospitals have not yet reached a critical point. Washington Post, "Covid-19’s first wave largely missed southern Italy. The second wave is hitting it hard.," 17 Oct. 2020 Conley also declined to share the date of Trump’s most recent negative test for the virus — a critical point for contact tracing and understanding where Trump was in the course of the disease. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Trump, back at the White House, compares COVID-19 to the flu: ‘We have learned to live with it’," 6 Oct. 2020 This stretch of matches comes at a critical point for Orlando City. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City eager to kick off key stretch with win at Sporting KC," 22 Sep. 2020 And the critical point here is that all of this has to be a collective strategy. CBS News, "Historian Hal Brands on COVID-19's effect on world order," 9 Sep. 2020 In all the hubbub over Ammonite’s portrayal of Anning, commenters have continually missed a critical point. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Ammonite’ Is Historical Fanfiction About the World’s First Great Fossil Hunter," 26 Aug. 2020 The promotion comes at a critical point for Connecticut restaurants, which have been limited to 50% seating capacity indoors since reopening on June 17. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "New Haven Restaurant Week returns in September, with updated offerings," 26 Aug. 2020 Hahn's mea culpa comes at a critical point for the FDA which, under intense pressure from the White House, is responsible for deciding whether upcoming vaccines are safe and effective in preventing covid-19. Arkansas Online, "FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma effect on virus," 25 Aug. 2020 Ella's entire experience with Pete is a critical point in her arc this year. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Lucifer star Aimee Garcia breaks down Ella's 'really disturbing' finale scene," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of critical point

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Critical point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critical%20point. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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