Critical Mass

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Critical Mass

1. A situation that can no longer be ignored. For example, if an employee who makes co-workers of the opposite sex uncomfortable makes unwanted sexual advances toward the chief financial officer, the situation is said to have reached critical mass, and the employee must immediately be disciplined or fired.

2. The point at which a product or company has become sufficiently popular to take off and become commonly used. For example, a company that has posted a profit for three years in a row and has respectable financials may reach critical mass and become extremely attractive to investors.
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Indeed, an increase in the critical radius, accompanying the progressive drop in the degree of solution supersaturation, results in that smaller the existing bubbles become subcritical and dissolve.
2 during the performance of typical compressor grids, hysteresis causes a decrease in the efficiency of compressor grids when they operate in flow that has certain angular non-uniformity at subcritical and critical angles of attack.
Other refrigerants, though not as environmentally sustainable, can operate in a variety of climatic conditions and perform better at subcritical conditions.
The solution of rest state becomes unstable even for disturbances with finished amplitudes if one starts from a subcritical state and for infinitesimal disturbances if one starts from a supercritical state.
Observe, that the class of multi-type branching processes in random environment satisfying Assumptions A0 and A1 is an analog of the strongly subcritical case of single-type branching processes in random environment considered in (7).
In Artemis' case, both parties set out to evaluate the usefulness of subcritical fluid technology for the extraction and concentration of phytochemicals and other components from fruits and vegetables.
That's why USDA-ARS scientists are developing cleaner analytical methods that use nontoxic solvents and subcritical water extraction to do the job.
That's why Agricultural Research Service scientists are developing cleaner analytical methods that use nontoxic solvents and a new technique called subcritical water extraction.
Russia conducted two underground subcritical nuclear tests on Oct.
should redirect its weapons labs to peaceful energy research, end subcritical testing at the Nevada Test Site, and cancel the costly and technically flawed National Ignition Facility megalaser program for studying nuclear explosions.
DOE also reportedly has assigned a crew of 160 to expand an underground site for testing subcritical nuclear weapons.
I am with these women, watching this TV show, because I participated in a nonviolent protest against the subcritical nuclear weapons tests, which continue to take place at the Nevada Test Site.