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saddle point

noun, Mathematics
a point at which a function of two variables has partial derivatives equal to zero but at which the function has neither a maximum nor a minimum value.
Origin of saddle point
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • E saddle is the system energy when the diffusing atom is at the saddle point position.
  • The streamlines along the blade leading edge bifurcate as they approach the saddle point.

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