What does crucial mean?

Definitions for crucialˈkru ʃəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word crucial.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crucial, important(adj)

    of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

    "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"

  2. crucial(adj)

    having crucial relevance

    "crucial to the case"; "relevant testimony"

  3. all-important(a), all important(p), crucial, essential, of the essence(p)(adj)

    of the greatest importance

    "the all-important subject of disarmament"; "crucial information"; "in chess cool nerves are of the essence"

Wiktionary

  1. crucial(Adjective)

    Being essential or decisive for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important.

  2. crucial(Adjective)

    Cruciform or cruciate; cross-shaped.

  3. crucial(Adjective)

    Term of approval, particularly when applied to reggae music.

    Delbert Wilkins is the most crucial pirate radio DJ in Brixton.

  4. Origin: 1706, from crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from Latin crux (English crux), from the (s)ker-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crucial(adj)

    having the form of a cross; appertaining to a cross; cruciform; intersecting; as, crucial ligaments; a crucial incision

  2. Crucial(adj)

    severe; trying or searching, as if bringing to the cross; decisive; as, a crucial test

  3. Origin: [F. crucial, fr. L. crux, crucis, cross, torture. See Cross.]

Freebase

  1. Crucial

    "Crucial" is New Edition's fourth single from the Heart Break album. The single featured production from Jellybean Johnson, Spencer Bernard, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Despite failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, "Crucial" hit #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it one of New Edition's more popular singles from the post-Bobby Brown era. It was used in the License to Drive soundtrack.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crucial

    krōō′shi-al, adj. testing, searching, from the practice of marking a testing instance with a cross to draw attention to it.—adj. Cru′ciāte (bot.), arranged in the form of a cross, as leaves or petals. [Fr. crucial, from L. crux, crucis, a cross.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2273

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3949

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crucial' in Adjectives Frequency: #301

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crucial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Gatt-Rutter:

    The volume and speed with which stuff is coming in, the speed with which people can rebuild their homes is the crucial question.

  2. Eric Hoffer:

    Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play.

  3. Melinda Quintos:

    The ban on media coverage of the trial is an unconscionable assault on press freedom -- the very right, so crucial to the state of democracy in this country.

  4. Clyde Kluckhohn:

    Anthropology provides a scientific basis for dealing with the crucial dilemma of the world today how can peoples of different appearance, mutually unintelligible languages, and dissimilar ways of life get along peaceably together

  5. The EPA:

    Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information and protect those most at risk, it empowers the American people with updated air quality information to protect our loved ones.

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