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 for Turning point
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turning \Turn"ing\, n.
     1. The act of one who, or that which, turns; also, a winding;
        a bending course; a flexure; a meander.
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              Through paths and turnings often trod by day.
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     2. The place of a turn; an angle or corner, as of a road.
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              It is preached at every turning.      --Coleridge.
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     3. Deviation from the way or proper course. --Harmar.
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     4. Turnery, or the shaping of solid substances into various
        forms by means of a lathe and cutting tools.
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     5. pl. The pieces, or chips, detached in the process of
        turning from the material turned; -- usually used in the
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     6. (Mil.) A maneuver by which an enemy or a position is
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     Turning and boring mill, a kind of lathe having a vertical
        spindle and horizontal face plate, for turning and boring
        large work.
     Turning bridge. See the Note under Drawbridge.
     Turning engine, an engine lathe.
     Turning lathe, a lathe used by turners to shape their work.
     Turning pair. See the Note under Pair, n.
     Turning point, the point upon which a question turns, and
        which decides a case.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  turning point
      n 1: 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"
           [syn: landmark, turning point, watershed]
      2: the intersection of two streets; "standing on the corner
         watching all the girls go by" [syn: corner, street
         corner, turning point]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "turning point":
     bench mark, cardinal point, chief thing, climacteric, climax,
     clutch, contingency, convergence of events, core, cornerstone,
     crisis, critical juncture, critical point, crossroads,
     crucial period, crunch, crux, culmination, emergency, essence,
     essential, essential matter, exigency, extremity, fundamental,
     gist, gravamen, great point, heart, high point, hinge,
     important thing, issue, kernel, keystone, landmark, main point,
     main thing, material point, meat, milestone, moment of truth, nub,
     pass, peak, pinch, pith, pivot, push, real issue, rub,
     salient point, sine qua non, strait, substance, substantive point,
     the bottom line, the point, turn, zero hour

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