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 The situation between the Cleveland Browns and polarizing receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has hit a critical point. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Iran's nuclear weapon program is at a critical point. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 Tuesday’s rematch with the White Sox finds the A’s at a seemingly critical point. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 The problem reached a critical point this summer when a burst of early wildfires began in the West amid extreme staffing shortages. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 But the problem reached a critical point this summer when a burst of early wildfires began in the West amid extreme staffing shortages. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 The back-and-forth is a window into how the two sides view a moment that has thrown the administration on its heels at a critical point for Biden's entire domestic agenda. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 Health care facilities were already at a critical point before the temblor because of the pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Health care facilities were already at a critical point before the temblor because of the pandemic. Christopher Sherman And Regina Garcia Cano, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of critical point

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of critical point was circa 1912

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27 Nov 2021

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“Critical point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critical%20point. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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