point of departure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n point of departure a beginning from which an enterprise is launched "he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own","reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions","the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out"
    • n point of departure a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched "one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him","my point of departure was San Francisco"
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
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    “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • Iain Sinclair
    Iain Sinclair
    “An involuntary return to the point of departure is, without doubt, the most disturbing of all journeys.”

Usage

In literature:

Any step will serve as a point of departure to trace regular sequences of the three types.
"A Color Notation" by Albert H. Munsell
The point to which we have now come is one of double interest and importance, as at once a point of arrival and of departure.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
His reign also marks a new departure from another point of view.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Mr. G., too, was on the point of departure, and agreed to take me with him on his trip.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Then what can be the meaning of this pseudochrysalid stage, which, when passed, leads precisely to the point of departure?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It was about three hundred yards from my original point of departure.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Our shipping problem has one large point of departure from the railway problem, for there is no element of natural monopoly.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
These diagrams, however, should serve merely as the point of departure.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Weymouth is a popular watering-place and the point of departure for steamers for the Channel Islands, and it was George III.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
At the door, just as they were on the point of departure, Meg paused.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Week after week, and month after month, the Baltic Fleet was declared to be on the point of departure.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
And Huysmans's point of departure is seldom from an idea; facts furnish him with an adequate spring-board.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
I was at the point of departure for the New World.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
And now we are on the point of departure for London.
"A "Y Girl in France" by Katherine Shortall
Evidently that must be our first point of departure.
"An American Girl Abroad" by Adeline Trafton
He found many of the troops already on the point of departure.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
There was our real point of departure; there were our real precursors.
"Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History" by Antonio Labriola
Again we could, perhaps, make Barton's point our place of departure.
"The Minute Boys of Boston" by James Otis
Benzene and toluene again form the points of departure.
"Coal" by Raphael Meldola
Yes, to this point had Lady Wychcote been brought by the realisation of her daughter-in-law's imminent departure.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
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In news:

Las Palmas continues to be the main point of departure of these popular cruising grounds.
Harold Kushner's new book "The Book of Job " uses the biblical story as a departure point for examining how we respond to random tragedy.
The era when no rule was left unbroken, no icon undefiled -- the unbridled 1960's -- is the point of departure for an audacious newcomer to Portugal's art scene, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.
Point of Departure .
David Weiss and Point of Departure Snuck In Sunnyside.
David Weiss & Point of Departure Snuck Out Sunnyside.
Well ahead of departure, Aer Lingus sends a 10-point questionnaire for travelers to fill in and return outlining what the family knows of its ancestor 's history.
Points of departure and of no return.
Their points of departure are the male and female.
Community based projects will be identified and listeners invited to create community meetings to strategize and form work groups using the program as point of departure.
There they would pick up two litter patients and return to the point of departure.
The individual pilgrimages of the title may have been a checklist of what Leibovitz called "crazy places," but they were ultimately only points of departure.
Ringer 's latest album, Creepster Freakster, was a departure from previous recordings written from the point of view of fictional characters.
Capable of processing a variety of payment options Facilitates smart card autoload processing and ticket on departure The primary driver point of interaction for a fully integrated in-vehicle network.
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In science:

The ensemble average provides the departure point for established perturbative and non-perturbative calculations of spectral correlations in disordered metals.
Random Walks through the Ensemble: Linking Spectral Statistics with Wavefunction Correlations in Disordered Metals
The point of departure is the tempered distribution δZ (x) = Pn∈Z δn (x), i.e., the sum of the Dirac delta functions based at all the integers.
Distributions and Analytic Continuation of Dirichlet Series
Our point of departure is to discuss the dynamics which gives rise to diquarks.
A model realisation of the Jaffe-Wilczek correlation for pentaquarks
Obviously we will do the best we can to point out the various points of departure and will depend on good judgment.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
Our point of departure is the problem of finding out of the classes of C*algebras which can be described by the operator KK-functors.
The Topology of Foliations Formed by the Generic K-Orbits of a Subclass of the Indecomposable MD5-Groups
We treat CSR independence or RL as the main null model of interest, since this is the logical point of departure (Diggle (2003)).
Overall and Pairwise Segregation Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
The departures of samples ”short1” and ”short2” exceed all those of the simulated points.
Testing the Randomness in the Sky-Distribution of Gamma-Ray Bursts
The departures of samples ” short 1 ” and ” short 2 ” exceed all those of the simulated points.
New Statistical Results on the Angular Distribution of Gamma-Ray Bursts
The departure from normality may also be larger in this case (some classes of inter-point distances being weakly represented in the sample).
Testing randomness of spatial point patterns with the Ripley statistic
One may however make some assumptions about the business model of the control code producer which then provide a point of departure for an initial risk analysis.
Informal Control code logic
This expression is then the point of departure for the evaluation of the free energy and pressure of the system.
Electrostatic interactions mediated by polarizable counterions: weak and strong coupling limits
Classical index theory was not only the point of departure for the developments that led to the Baum-Connes conjecture.
The Baum-Connes conjecture with coefficients for word-hyperbolic groups (after Vincent Lafforgue)
There is an essential point of departure from the Pauli-approach mentioned before and the calculations here: For L = R2 (ref.
Stability and Hamiltonian formulation of higher derivative theories
One finds clear evidence for a departure from the ideal gas at below 2Tc , at which point the energy density reaches only 83% of the Stefan-Boltzmann limit.
DECONFINEMENT AND HOT HADRONS IN CRAYS AND QUADRICS
The analysis follows in part the theories of Krumhansl et. al. , but has important points of departure.
Arrested States of Solids
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