inflection point


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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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 Within the context of the exiled party’s Trump era ideological tug-of-war, the result was greeted as an even more significant inflection point, as the battlefield appeared to tilt decidedly toward the progressives. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats’ 2020 Hopefuls Refuse to Disagree (on the Midterms)," 1 July 2018 Brat’s victory was an inflection point for House Republicans. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Ousted Rep. Joe Crowley the latest lawmaker 'supposed to be' House Speaker," 1 July 2018 The upcoming gubernatorial election comes at an important inflection point for the state of California; during the last administration so much of the focus was on righting issues that were threatening critical aspects of the state’s economic future. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 Gordon, Tucker and Capela’s effort rarely wavered—but there were still shades of Game 6, where a critical third-quarter inflection point rendered the Rockets unable to retain control. Jeremy Woo,, "Rockets' Experiment Sputters Out as Warriors Return to Finals," 28 May 2018 An inflection point may loom in the form of a court hearing scheduled in Los Angeles on July 3. Michael Hiltzik,, "Vandalized homes, spying, a knife and restraining orders: Inside a billionaire couple's nightmarish divorce," 20 June 2018

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circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

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