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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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 Fund-raising emerged as a critical point of contention. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Turmoil at Lincoln Center: Infighting, Money Troubles, Scrapped Projects," 1 July 2018 Rosenstein’s meetings show his mindset at one of the most critical points in President Donald Trump’s administration — the eight days between when Comey was fired and Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Shaken’ Rosenstein felt used by White House in Comey firing," 30 June 2018 The United States is on the verge of losing more than half of its low-carbon energy as the fight against climate change reaches a critical point — a reality the country hasn’t fully grappled with. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse," 7 July 2018 There are other signs that tensions may soon reach a critical point. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 Because this has arrived at a critical point, and cannot be sustained. John Baer, Philly.com, "Does child-separation policy mean lasting political harm to Trump? Or does it fade as other issues have? | John Baer," 19 June 2018 That most truck drivers are men is a critical point, and an area where the sector has the most advancements to make. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "Why millennials should start considering truck driving: It's almost a tech job," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of critical point

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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