Critical angle
Critical Crit"ic*al (kr[i^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [See {Critic}, n., {Crisis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions. [1913 Webster]

It is submitted to the judgment of more critical ears to direct and determine what is graceful and what is not. --Holder. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation. [1913 Webster]

3. Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting. [1913 Webster]

O gentle lady, do not put me to 't, For I am nothing, if not critical. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Our circumstances are indeed critical. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

The small moment, the exact point, the critical minute, on which every good work so much depends. --South. [1913 Webster]

{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.'' [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • critical angle — noun the smallest angle of incidence for which light is totally reflected • Hypernyms: ↑angle of incidence, ↑incidence angle …   Useful english dictionary

  • critical angle — noun a) The smallest angle of incidence for which light is totally reflected from a boundary between one medium and a less refractive one b) The smallest angle of attack of an airfoil at which lift suddenly decreases and drag suddenly increases …   Wiktionary

  • critical angle — crit′ical an′gle n. 1) opt the minimum angle of incidence beyond which total internal reflection occurs for light traveling from a medium of higher to one of lower index of refraction 2) aer. the angle of attack at which a sudden change in… …   From formal English to slang

  • critical angle — /ˌkrɪtɪkəl ˈæŋgəl/ (say .kritikuhl angguhl) noun 1. Optics the limiting angle of incidence for total internal reflection. 2. the angle of attack at which there is a sudden change in the airflow round an aerofoil with subsequent decrease in lift… …   Australian English dictionary

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