- a point at which a decisive change takes place; critical point; crisis.
- a point at which something changes direction, especially a high or low point on a graph.
- Surveying. a point temporarily located and marked in order to establish the elevation or position of a surveying instrument at a new station.
Origin of turning point
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for turning point
Marlantes, soft-spoken and earnest, recounts a turning-point moment after he returned from Vietnam.The Last Vietnam War Epic
John Douglas Marshall
April 8, 2010
It was perhaps three or four years after the turning-point at Versailles.The Conquest of Fear
Yet, if one will but think, it is as clear as daylight that Oriskany was the turning-point of the war.In the Valley
Years afterwards Morse declared that this was the turning-point in the history of the telegraph.Heroes of the Telegraph
And then you will find that you only see the turning-point when you are past it.The Education of Eric Lane
In the "Turning-point" article already mentioned he refers to this.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- a moment when the course of events is changedthe turning point of his career
- a point at which there is a change in direction or motion
- 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
- surveying a point to which a foresight and a backsight are taken in levelling; change point