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turning point

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.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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British Dictionary definitions for turning-point

turning point

noun
1.
a moment when the course of events is changed: the 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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