Critical Level

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Critical Level

1. A variable that has reached a sufficiently high or low value as to change the nature of what is discussed. For example, if the revenue of a small business reaches a certain level, it may need to hire additional employees, which could subject the business to more regulation, and this may result in the small business becoming a medium-sized business or even a large corporation. In this case, the revenue necessary to make this happen is called the critical level of revenue.

2. The time when a company's operations have become sufficiently profitable that it can sustain itself without further capital infusions or other sources of outside funding. Critical level is the goal of all start-ups, many of which may remain in the development stage for years or never leave it.

In both cases, the critical level is also called critical mass.
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In addition, there was a residual effect caused by years of fertilization, resulting in high P contents, much higher than the critical level calculated for these soils.
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7 days a week, at a critical level, with a guaranteed 6-hour repair time and the level of non-critical, with a guaranteed response time of four hours.
At present, the water level is nearing the critical level of 180 meters.
73 meters above sea level (masl), more than 9 meters below its critical level.
Overnight the level of the Danube at Silistra has risen by 14 cm to 648 cm, with the critical level being 777 cm.
Azamat Akeleev said the budget deficit is projected at 9% in 2011, which is considered a critical level in the world practice.
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They emphasize that a CD4 count below 50 should not be viewed as a sign of imminent death; some patients in the study survived more than three years after their counts dropped below the critical level.
THE WATER level of Angat Dam continues to move closer to the critical level for drinking water, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
If we do not make this today, none of enterprises will work, since in February the water level will reach a critical level in February," he said.

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