Optics. the minimum angle of incidence beyond which total internal reflection occurs for light traveling from a medium of higher to one of lower index of refraction; the angle of incidence for which refracted rays emerge tangent to the surface separating two media, the light traveling from the medium of higher to the medium of lower index of refraction.
Also called angle of stall, critical angle of attack, stalling angle. Aeronautics. the angle of attack, greater than or equal to the angle of attack for maximum lift, at which there is a sudden change in the airflow around an airfoil with a subsequent decrease in lift and increase in drag.
the smallest possible angle of incidence for which light rays are totally reflected at an interface between substances of different refractive index
another name for stalling angle
The smallest angle of incidence at which radiation, such as light, is completely reflected from the boundary between two media. At angles smaller than the critical angle, some of the radiation enters the second material and is refracted.
- Critical apparatus
noun 1. the variant readings, footnotes, etc found in a scholarly work or a critical edition of a text Also called apparatus criticus
- Critical care
noun intensive care Examples They donated money to the critical care unit. Word Origin 1959 Usage Note medical
- Critical care unit
critical care unit n. Abbr. CCU See intensive care unit.
noun, Physics. 1. any of three constants associated with the critical point of a pure element or compound.