Definition of Turning point

1. Noun. An event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend. "The agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"

Exact synonyms: Landmark, Watershed
Generic synonyms: Juncture, Occasion
Specialized synonyms: Fall Of Man, Road To Damascus

2. Noun. The intersection of two streets. "Standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"
Exact synonyms: Corner, Street Corner
Specialized synonyms: Blind Corner
Generic synonyms: Carrefour, Crossing, Crossroad, Crossway, Intersection
Derivative terms: Corner

Definition of Turning point

1. Noun. A decisive point at which a significant change or historical event occurs, or at which a decision must be made. ¹

2. Noun. (calculus) A maximum or minimum on a graph. ¹

3. Noun. A crossroads. ¹

4. Noun. A T-junction. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turning Point

turning away
turning back
turning back the clock
turning circle
turning circles
turning down
turning in
turning in one's grave
turning into
turning loose
turning off
turning on
turning out
turning over
turning over a new leaf
turning point (current term)
turning points
turning the frown upside down
turning up
turnip-rooted celery
turnip-rooted parsley
turnip bed
turnip cabbage
turnip greens
turnip head
turnip heads

Literary usage of Turning point

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"And just here Is the turning point in the case, as I see it, on the question of whether the route or way taken by the plaintiff was a reasonably necessary ..."

2. A Short History of English Literature by George Saintsbury (1898)
"... the publication of the Lyrical Ballads of Wordsworth and Coleridge, as the definite turning-point of English literature for its last great stage as yet. ..."

3. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1879)
"... of the Norman Con- as a turning-point, quest is not the importance either of a beginning or of an ending, but the importance of a turning-point. ..."

4. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1870)
"THE Norman Conquest is the great turning-point in Import- the history of the English nation. Since the first Norman settlement of the English in Britain, ..."

5. The Attic Orators from Antiphon to Isaeos by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"The intellectual turning-point came when Poetry ceased to have a sway of which ... The intellectual turning- point — lirst conception of a literary Prose. ..."

6. Mark Twain: A Biography : the Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912)
"... XVI THE TURNING-POINT ""INHERE came into his life just at this period one of 1 those seemingly trifling incidents which, viewed in retrospect, ..."

7. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1873)
"... Agreement—Resolve to have other Publishers—A Plan for seeing Foreign Cities—Confidence in Himself—Preparation of Carol—Turning-point of his Career—Work ..."

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