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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Critical  \Crit"ic*al\  (kr?t"?-kal),  a.  [See  {Critic},  n., 
  {Crisis}.] 
  1.  Qualified  to  criticise,  or  pass  judgment  upon  literary  or 
  artistic  productions. 
 
  It  is  submitted  to  the  judgment  of  more  critical 
  ears  to  direct  and  determine  what  is  graceful  and 
  what  is  not  --Holder. 
 
  2.  Pertaining  to  criticism  or  the  critic's  art;  of  the  nature 
  of  a  criticism;  accurate;  as  critical  knowledge;  a 
  critical  dissertation. 
 
  3.  Inclined  to  make  nice  distinctions,  or  to  exercise  careful 
  judgment  and  selection;  exact;  nicely  judicious. 
 
  Virgil  was  so  critical  in  the  rites  of  religion. 
  that  he  would  never  have  brought  in  such  prayers  as 
  these  if  they  had  not  been  agreeable  to  the  Roman 
  customs.  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  4.  Inclined  to  criticise  or  find  fault;  fastidious;  captious; 
  censorious;  exacting. 
 
  O  gentle  lady,  do  not  put  me  to  't,  For  I  am 
  nothing,  if  not  critical.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Characterized  by  thoroughness  and  a  reference  to 
  principles,  as  becomes  a  critic;  as  a  critical  analysis 
  of  a  subject. 
 
  6.  [See  {Crisis}.]  Pertaining  to  or  indicating,  a  crisis, 
  turning  point,  or  specially  important  juncture;  important 
  as  regards  consequences;  hence  of  doubtful  issue; 
  attended  with  risk;  dangerous;  as  the  critical  stage  of  a 
  fever;  a  critical  situation. 
 
  Our  circumstances  are  indeed  critical.  --Burke. 
 
  The  small  moment,  the  exact  point,  the  critical 
  minute,  on  which  every  good  work  so  much  depends. 
  --South. 
 
  {Critical  angle}  (Optics),  that  angle  of  incidence  of  a 
  luminous  ray  at  which  it  is  wholly  reflected,  and  no 
  portion  of  it  transmitted.  The  sine  of  this  angle  is  the 
  reciprocal  of  the  refractive  index  of  the  medium. 
 
  {Critical  philosophy},  the  metaphysical  system  of  Kant;  --  so 
  called  from  his  most  important  work  the  ``Critique  of 
  Pure  Reason.'' 
 
  {Critical  point}  (Physics),  a  certain  temperature,  different 
  for  different  gases,  but  always  the  same  for  each  gas, 
  regarded  as  the  limit  above  which  no  amount  of  pressure 
  can  produce  condensation  to  a  liquid. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  critical 
  adj  1:  marked  by  a  tendency  to  find  and  call  attention  to  errors 
  and  flaws;  "a  critical  attitude"  [ant:  {uncritical}] 
  2:  (chemistry  and  physics)  at  or  of  a  point  at  which  a  property 
  or  phenomenon  suffers  an  abrupt  change  especially  having 
  enough  mass  to  sustain  a  chain  reaction;  "a  critical 
  temperature  of  water  is  100  degrees  C--its  boiling  point 
  at  standard  atmospheric  pressure";  "critical  mass";  "go 
  critical"  [ant:  {noncritical}] 
  3:  characterized  by  careful  evaluation  and  judgment;  "a 
  critical  reading";  "a  critical  dissertation";  "a  critical 
  analysis  of  Melville's  writings  [ant:  {uncritical}] 
  4:  urgently  needed;  absolutely  necessary;  "a  critical  element 
  of  the  plan";  "critical  medical  supplies";  "vital  for  a 
  healthy  society";  "foods  indispensable  to  good  nutrition" 
  [syn:  {vital}] 
  5:  forming  or  having  the  nature  of  a  turning  point  or  crisis; 
  "a  critical  point  in  the  campaign";  "the  critical  test" 
  [syn:  {decisive}] 
  6:  being  in  or  verging  on  a  state  of  crisis  or  emergency;  "a 
  critical  shortage  of  food";  "a  critical  illness";  "an 
  illness  at  the  critical  stage"  [ant:  {noncritical}] 
  7:  of  or  involving  or  characteristic  of  critics  or  criticism; 
  "critical  acclaim" 




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