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turning point

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noun
  1. a point at which a decisive change takes place; critical point; crisis.
  2. a point at which something changes direction, especially a high or low point on a graph.
  3. Surveying. a point temporarily located and marked in order to establish the elevation or position of a surveying instrument at a new station.
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Origin of turning point

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words

culmination, twist, climax, juncture, crux, axis, change, contingency, crisis, crossing, crossroads, crunch, cusp, development, emergency, exigency, hinge, nexus, pass, peak

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turning point

noun
  1. a moment when the course of events is changedthe turning point of his career
  2. a point at which there is a change in direction or motion
  3. maths a stationary point at which the first derivative of a function changes sign, so that typically its graph does not cross a horizontal tangent
  4. surveying a point to which a foresight and a backsight are taken in levelling; change point
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