- pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system undergo a change: the critical temperature of benzene.
- (of fissionable material) having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction: They told us about a lab where some plutonium went critical.
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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