- pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system undergo a change.
- (of fissionable material) having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction.
- critical angle,
- critical apparatus,
- critical care unit,
- critical constant,
- critical constants
Origin of critical
Examples from the Web for criticalness
I could better now realize our position than when at work, and the criticalness of it struck and awed me like a revelation.The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 3 of 3|William Clark Russell
His mind could not fail to be struck with the criticalness of the situation.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
I could not make you comprehend the criticalness of our position.Lige on the Line of March|Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
Her mind was powerfully affected by the criticalness of her situation.Ormond, Volume I (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
He was conducted to a chamber, and, the criticalness of his case requiring unusual attention, I spent the night at his bedside.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
1580s, "censorious," from critic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to criticism" is from 1741; medical sense is from c.1600; meaning "of the nature of a crisis" is from 1640s; that of "crucial" is from 1841, from the "decisive" sense in Latin criticus. Related: Criticality (1756; in the nuclear sense, 1950); critically (1650s, "accurately;" 1815, "in a critical situation"). In nuclear science, critical mass is attested from 1940.