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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
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The withdrawal of protective legislation proved the turning-point in the fortunes of the British shipowner.

  • I feel as if this winter were the turning-point of the whole question.

  • At length comes the rencounter which is a turning-point in his fate; he meets Olivier, Antoinette's brother, the true Frenchman.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • It was undoubtedly the turning-point in his life and he was forty.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • This is the vital question to be settled; the turning-point of all our views of religion and humanity.

    Bible Emblems Edward E. Seelye
  • His coming was the turning-point in the history of the house.

  • That Sunday in July was the turning-point; Thea's peace of mind did not come back.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • She could only decide that the first detected act of untruth should be the turning-point.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The turning-point of his comedies is always the characters of his personages.

British Dictionary definitions for turning-point

turning point

a moment when the course of events is changed: the 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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