inflection point

noun

Definition of inflection point 

: a point on a curve that separates an arc concave upward from one concave downward and vice versa

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That’s important because Google has been waging a never-ending battle against fragmentation on Android, and a new form factor is a potential inflection point. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google says Android will natively support ‘foldables’ to limit fragmentation," 7 Nov. 2018 The team announced that Brett Brown will work as acting general manager in the interim, though this summer is the type of inflection point that deserves a true joint vision. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James, Free Agency and the Biggest NBA Offseason Questions," 11 June 2018 That said, any potential indications of an inflection point are worth monitoring, the analyst wrote. Bloomberg.com, "Cracks ‘Starting to Show’ in Canadian Credit Quality, RBC Says," 9 Apr. 2018 But as Wenger’s 22 years in North London come to an end, that period in the mid-2000s will go down as the inflection point of his career. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsène Wenger’s Complicated Legacy at Arsenal," 20 Apr. 2018 An inflection point for Crowley may have come not long after the 2016 midterm election. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Ousted Rep. Joe Crowley the latest lawmaker 'supposed to be' House Speaker," 1 July 2018 Maybe Creator’s opening will be an inflection point, like the day in 1948 when two McDonald brothers decided to make their customers walk up to the counter to collect their burgers, rather than hiring servers to deliver them to cars. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 In the case of the cave saga, a series of inflection points kept turning attention back to northern Thailand. Washington Post, "A Thai cave, an extraordinary tale and a captivated world," 12 July 2018 On trade, Republicans find themselves at an inflection point now that the administration has gone ahead with tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum from U.S. allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Republican Resistance in Congress to Tariffs Grows," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of inflection point

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

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