tipping point

  1. the point at which an issue, idea, product, etc., crosses a certain threshhold and gains significant momentum, triggered by some minor factor or change.

  2. the point in a situation at which a minor development precipitates a crisis: Every infected person brings us closer to the tipping point, when the outbreak becomes an epidemic.

  1. Physics. the point at which an object is no longer balanced, and adding a small amount of weight can cause it to topple.

Origin of tipping point

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for tipping point

tipping point

/ (ˈtɪpɪŋ) /

  1. the crisis stage in a process, when a significant change takes place

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