point of no return

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n point of no return a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
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Usage

In literature:

Baffled at all points, he still showed no sign of returning to his bed-chamber.
"Armadale" by Wilkie Collins
This double standard blurs the true situation of the institution to the point of no return.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
As they advanced, they seemed to realize that they had passed a point-of-no-return.
"Naudsonce" by H. Beam Piper
Figuring we land on Junior at exactly seventeen hundred hours, we'd reach the point of no return exactly two hours later.
"Danger in Deep Space" by Carey Rockwell
The returns just laid upon the table of the House could leave no doubt, he thought, on any man's mind on that point.
"Lord George Bentinck A Political Biography" by Benjamin Disraeli
In some ways, the policies of our invisible government have taken us beyond the point of no return.
"The Invisible Government" by Dan Smoot
Then at some indeterminate point you cross the place of no return and from that moment you go forward with increased determination.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
The toes of his shoes pointed toward the gate, and there were no returning foot-prints.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Now that I was in space, past the point of no return, all the doubts that I had dismissed fought for attention.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
At the same time he pointed to the stairway, signifying that she should return, but took no further heed of her.
"Mr. Claghorn's Daughter" by Hilary Trent
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In news:

Throughout the Sun Belt, the malling of America had passed the point of no return.
Earth near point of no return, scientists warn.
Cleveland Browns and NFL am Links: Josh Cribbs at point of no return .
The Point of No Return .
Obama's Point of No Return .
There is no consistent yield trigger level inside this range but market talk of point-of-no-return around the 6 ½% is not without foundation either.
Gadhafi reaches paranoid ' point of no return '.
The White House and 'The Point of No Return '.
A Long Way From the Point of No Return With Iran.
Point of No Return Marriage needs a man and a woman.
Tragedy the point of no return first album.
As psychopathic serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Dennis Nilson expressed, violent psychopaths ultimately reach a point of no return, where they feel they have cut through the last thin connection with the normal world.
Jerry Brown said today that "humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return" on climate change, and he launched a website criticizing conservatives who dispute its significance.
Joe Girardi has ventured into uncharted territory over the past few days with his decisions regarding Alex Rodriguez, each time moving closer to a point of no return.
Jordan Crawford scored 26 points and the Washington Wizards spoiled the return of overall No.
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In science:

Then since p is the highest point of return α meets no non-trivial image of itself and is therefore simple.
Simple geodesics on a punctured surface
Given a query point q ∈ X , the (r, ε)-P LE B query asks the fol lowing: • if d(q , P ) ≤ r, then return YES and any point p ∈ P such that d(p, q) ≤ r(1 + ε); • if d(q , P ) > r(1 + ε), then return NO; • else (r < d(q , P ) ≤ r(1 + ε)), return any of the above answers.
Reverse Nearest Neighbors Search in High Dimensions using Locality-Sensitive Hashing
A Lagrangian shell then will reach the point of no return in its expansion when its Σ > 0 (e.g., Bisnovatyi-Kogan & Zel’Dovich 1967; Sparks & Kutter 1972).
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
More explicitly, the diagram γ r contains the vertices (j, l), 1 ≤ j ≤ r , 1 ≤ l ≤ kj and those edges of γ whose end-points are vertices in one of the first r rows in γ . I shall call γ r also a diagram, although it may have vertices from which no edge starts. I return to this point in the next section.
Estimation of Wiener--Ito integrals and polynomials of independent Gaussian random variables
In that case, there is no point in ever going long those assets since both the expected return and the jump components negatively impact the investor’s rate of return.
Portfolio choice with jumps: A closed-form solution
However the MR model inserts an additional non-trivial criterion (the H2 richness of the star forming gas), and thus there is no reason for expecting so similar results (we return to this point in the Discussion).
Molecular gas, CO, and star formation in galaxies: emergent empirical relations, feedback, and the evolution of very gas-rich systems
Instead of log-returns they used transformed squared log-returns and they also reject the null hypothesis of no change point.
Testing for a change of the innovation distribution in nonparametric autoregression - the sequential empirical process approach
SAMPD queries) no two of the q ≤ 1 calls to SAMPD return points from the same bucket-pair.
Testing probability distributions using conditional samples
Repeat until there are no rows remaining, at which point the algorithm terminates and returns the numbers of the columns which have been removed.
Ninth and Tenth Order Virial Coefficients for Hard Spheres in D Dimensions
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