Definition of critical state in English:

critical state


  • [mass noun] The state of a substance when it is at the critical point, i.e. at critical temperature and pressure.

    • ‘Some materials that have experienced higher stress show significantly reduced frictional strength and a pattern of behaviour inconsistent with critical state concepts.’
    • ‘Soft-sediment deformation involves complex interactions between discrete fracturing and diffuse bulk strain, described in terms of volume change and shear strain in a critical state mechanics framework.’
    • ‘Fractured 0.5 cm thick sections were dehydrated in a graded ethanol series, substituted in 2-methyl - 2-propanol, and lyophilized in the critical state.’