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NOUN (2)

1. an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend;
- Example: "the agreement was a watershed in the history of both nations"
[syn: landmark, turning point, watershed]

2. the intersection of two streets;
- Example: "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"
[syn: corner, street corner, turning point]

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. [1913 Webster] Through paths and turnings often trod by day. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The place of a turn; an angle or corner, as of a road. [1913 Webster] It is preached at every turning. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 3. Deviation from the way or proper course. --Harmar. [1913 Webster] 4. Turnery, or the shaping of solid substances into various forms by means of a lathe and cutting tools. [1913 Webster] 5. pl. The pieces, or chips, detached in the process of turning from the material turned; -- usually used in the plural. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mil.) A maneuver by which an enemy or a position is turned. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
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