turning point


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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  • Marlantes, soft-spoken and earnest, recounts a turning-point moment after he returned from Vietnam.

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British Dictionary definitions for turning point

turning point


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
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