- (of a function of a single variable) a point at which the derivative of the function is zero: One critical point, at x = 0, is a decreasing function for positive x.
- (of a function of several variables) a point at which all partial derivatives of the function are zero: Find and classify all the critical points of the given function.
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It reached a critical point this summer when the agency took the unusual step of freezing his assets, which Kalkhoven has decried and is fighting in court.When You’re a Billionaire, Your Hobbies Can Slash Your Tax Bill|by Paul Kiel, Jesse Eisinger and Jeff Ernsthausen|December 8, 2021|ProPublica
Another critical point is that our police lack the equipment necessary to do their jobs well.Haitian civil society leaders have a plan for the country’s future. It doesn’t involve the US.|Jariel Arvin|July 14, 2021|Vox
Treating shareholder interests as separate from broader social and environmental considerations misses a critical point.Investors are starting to demand better of the companies they own|jakemeth|December 27, 2020|Fortune
His assumption was that the critical point marked the intensity at which the heart and lungs could no longer deliver enough oxygen to the muscles.
The citizens of Stevens Point defeated fluoridation by a healthy margin.
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To borrow an old right-wing talking point, these people are angry no matter what we do.
Therefore, it is not possible for any F-35 schedule to include a video data link or infrared pointer at this point.
But the most important point I want to make is about what the press does now.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
His also was the intellectual point of view, and the intellectual interest in knowledge and its deductions.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Judged from this point of view only, the elasticity provided by the new law is doubtless adequate.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
That is the only point in which one sees Liszt's sense of his own greatness; otherwise his manner is remarkably unassuming.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for critical point
Scientific definitions for critical point
- A maximum, minimum, or point of inflection of a curve.
- A point at which the derivative of a function is zero, infinite, or undefined.