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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?

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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The patient was admitted nearly ten days before and was improving gradually, however on Thursday night his condition went critical and later died.
Ten years ago today, the Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) nuclear research reactor went critical for the first time, and began producing neutrons through a self-sustaining fission reaction.
He pointed out two basic purposes of the ambulances :1) to help patient take out from house to hospital timely; 2) it takes the patient from hospital to the emergency as most of the cases went critical during these processes.
It took almost one- anda- half years for the submarine to be ready for sea trials after its nuclear reactor went critical on August 10, 2013.
He also lauded Russia's partnership with India in nuclear energy, and said that the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, built with Russian assistance, went critical in July this year and that the second one should be commissioned early next year.
The EBR-I went critical in August 1951 and became the first reactor to produce electricity.
After the operation, the boy "woke up and laughed and called for his mother and then went critical," Coleson says.
Japanese government established new laws to cope with nuclear emergencies in September 1999 after an accident at a uranium processing facility in Tokai killed two workers who were handling uranium fuel that went critical.
The sites were fortuitous accumulations of uranium that went critical for a while.
It is here, some 60 years ago, that the world's first continuously operated reactor went critical.
I, as a friend of mine once put it, went critical, referring to the moment when a nuclear reactor is on the brink and it could go either way - meltdown or recovered equilibrium.
Pakistan is already operating the Chinese-built Chashma nuclear power plant, which went critical in May 2000 and was inaugurated in March 2001, and the 137-mw Karachi nuclear power plant, located at Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast, which was supplied by Canada in 1972 and was overhauled in the mid-1990s.
ON SEPTEMBER 11, OUR chronic energy crisis went critical.
The economy, already in bad shape, went critical last February after Turkey's aged and prickly Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, had a public spat with the nation's independent-minded president, Abdul Necet Sezer.
In other words, after the pile went critical, there was a slight pause before the delayed neutrons were emitted and everything went awry.