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go critical

1. To be able to function successfully. When do you think this new software will be able to go critical?
2. Of a nuclear reactor or power station, to be able to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. What protections do we have if the nuclear power plant goes critical?
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go critical

1. If a project or organization goes critical, it reaches a stage of development where it can operate smoothly and successfully. The programme confirmed its initial impact in week two, and really `went critical' with the third edition on 8 December. Bristol airport is about to go critical. That will come when more than a million passengers a year pass through the terminal.
2. When a nuclear power station goes critical, it reaches a state in which a nuclear fission chain reaction can sustain itself. Monju went critical last year, and produced its first electricity in August this year.
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