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 Another critical point that has played out in court: A verbal agreement that Oscar would not be neutered, a disqualifying condition in the competitive dog arena, and the terms of his participation in dog shows. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 3 June 2024 An April conversation at the Los Angeles Festival of Movies between musician Kim Gordon and author Rachel Kushner used the film as a critical point of reference. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Ukraine’s manpower shortage has reached a critical point, and its position on the battlefield in recent weeks has seriously worsened as Russia has accelerated its advances to take advantage of delays in shipments of American weapons. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Wednesday marked a critical point in authorities’ safety efforts when the animal tried to break into Downieville School’s gymnasium. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for critical point 

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of critical point was in 1848

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“Critical point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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