turning point


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turning point the intersection of two streets "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"
    • n turning point 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over billions of years, black holes become white holes and they spit out all of the things they sucked in. the atoms are completely jumbled, so no one knows what will ever come out. Theoratically they'll also turn into a white hole. If you were unfortunate enough to fall within one, you would never actually hit -- because time would stop at some point within the event horizon (space outside) of the black hole. Thanx De Composed
    • Turning point the point upon which a question turns, and which decides a case.
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  • Lord Byron
    “My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.”
  • Franz Kafka
    “From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”


In literature:

The turning-point in his career was the loss of his young wife after two years of domestic happiness.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
As he did so the captain entered the door and immediately turned with the revolver pointing at the officer's breast.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
Then he would advance rapidly on the next turning-point, stop again, and reconnoitre.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
He turned and pointed at Daoud.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
They were just on the point of making another turn when there came a sudden bang!
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
Mandy Ann turned and hurried again to the point nearest home.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He turned them before they got halfway to a point even with the next driver.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
He took his time in going from the bench-mark to the first turning point.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
She talked rapidly in her own language, turning round now and then and pointing towards the steamer.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
What she saw marked a turning-point in the child's life.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Turning round, I saw a Belgian soldier, with his rifle pointing at me.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
At the turning point he was very little behind.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Beyond this point, and there's no turning back.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
By the time he reached the shelter which would protect him from the fungus mist, a turning point had come in the battle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Such a turning-point is the movement which finds its climax in Europe in the year 1848.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
All his thoughts turned round and round the same point.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
He turned to another point.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
Harvest time is the dramatic turning-point of the year.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
I think that fumble was in a measure a turning point in the game.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
He felt this to be a turning-point in his life.
"Rose Clark" by Fanny Fern

In poetry:

When thou dost turn, and wilt be neare;
What edge so keen,
What point so piercing can appeare
To come between?
"The Search" by George Herbert
And when his sense returned—again
The sun was rising bright,
But shuddering as in mental pain
He turned him from the light,
And pointing, said—“To bed! to bed!
For Death is in my sight!”
"Ned Connor" by Charles Harpur
Then, in a moment, they were all on their feet,
And they met the French, sword in hand, and made them retreat;
Then Wellington in person directed the attack,
And at every point and turning the French were beaten back.
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the Ghoorkas did the Afghans fiercely attack,
And at every point and turning they were driven back;
And a fierce hand to hand struggle raged for a time,
While in the morning sunshine the British bayonets did shine.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall
"I'm anxious to enlist, sir, I am a Briton true,
To fight the mailed fist, sir, the Kaiser and his crew."
Thus answered Dr. Brown,--"Sir, in one main point you lack;
I'll have to turn you down, sir, because your teeth don't track."
"Unemployed" by Abner Cosens
But no such thought had place in Howard's soul,
And when 't was dark, and all their sails were furled,
When the wind veered a few points to the west,
And the tide turned ruffling along the roads,
He sent eight fireships forging down to them.
"Rosamund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

It marked a turning point in jazz.
Day served as turning point in his military career.
There has hardly been a time during the last 150 years when Americans were not being told that the schools were at a "turning point," "confronted with a crucial challenge," "entering an era of new importance.
Could this be a turning point in the climate change debate.
Web Protests Seem to Be a Turning Point.
I just turned, pointed and shot.
This issue marks several turning points for the Hook.
He says the turning point that saved his life was.
It seems quite rare to witness an actual turning point in a director's career.
Same date in history, two major market turning points.
Private spaceflight at turning point, experts say.
The burgeoning field of commercial spaceflight is at a major turning point, industry experts say.
Land development in China Spring has reached a turning point.
Turning points that shaped Hawaii.
On Tuesday, barring unforeseen obstacles, Michigan will become the nation's 24th Right to Work state, a turning point in American labor history.

In science:

It is found that the case of marginal stability (λ = 0) coincides with the point of minimum generalized temperature 1/β as predicted by classical turning point arguments in the canonical ensemble .
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Third row: the corresponding amplitudes derived in the present work from the classical turning points in the He-Xe/Gr(0001) interaction potential V (R, z ) for He atom incident energy of 64 meV (see Fig.
Diffraction of He atoms from Xe monolayer adsorbed on the graphite (0001) revisited: The importance of multiple scattering processes
The classical paths (with no or one turning point) required to construct the corresponding average via the semiclassical correlation function can be calculated in closed form as they are just parabolic flights.
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
The shifted frequencies νn are maximum at the turning points, that provides the doublet splitting of the vibrational resonances nΩ.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The NDR can be explained by the field effect, which splits the r esonance scattering lines because of the frequency shifts at the turning points, and therefore the electron flow only partly contributes to the current .
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
This method does work even for systems with turning points and moreover, which is crucial for the Einstein dynamics, the geometrical approach applies for Pseudo-Riemannian manifolds as well.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
It is worth noting that Ωu (ξ ) and ωu (ξ , ξ ) are smooth functions with respect to their all arguments (x, u, ξ ) along integral curves, even at turning points.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
Pham, Confluence of turning points in exact WKB analysis.
On the simpleness of zeros of Stokes multipliers
The motion is allowed only for ˙u2 ≥ 0, and so the condition ±F (u) = G(u) gives us two turning points, u1 and u2 , between which the evolutionary path oscillates.
Twin-peak quasiperiodic oscillations as an internal resonance
As we will see below, the free energy landscape also has turning points with a positive number K of negative eigenvalues—we call these saddle points of index K .
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
The strategy is to consider small systems and locate (as best one can) al l the turning points in the landscape.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
One hopes that, after a sufficiently large number of initial conditions, one will have located each of the turning points in the NMF landscape at least once.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
Ki is the saddle index (number of negative eigenvalues of the Hessian) of the ith turning point.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
We first examine what classes of turning point arise in the free-energy landscape.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
In the foregoing, we showed that for the NMF equations, the typical free energies of turning points of a particular type increase with the saddle index K .
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses