turn·​ing | \ ˈtər-niŋ How to pronounce turning (audio) \

Definition of turning

1 : the act or course of one that turns
2 : a place of a change in direction
3a : a forming by use of a lathe broadly : turnery
b turnings plural : waste produced in turning

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This year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York, a turning point in the modern gay rights movement. Washington Post, "Boisterous London Pride marks 50 years since Stonewall," 7 July 2019 The turning point in the debate came when the League, which does not share many of Five Star’s anti-establishment values and is gaining supporters, sided with the opposition instead. Julia Webster, Time, "A Radio Station in Italy Finds Itself on the Frontline of a Populist Attack on the Press," 5 July 2019 The Red Sox have conjured many victories as if from thin air this year, many coming with a promise this one can be the turning point that sets in motion a consistent run. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "One positive from this season — Red Sox tied for AL lead in comebacks," 5 July 2019 The production itself is a turning point for two of the actors cast in plum roles in the show, presented at 1309 W. Parkwood in Friendswood. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Think midlife do-overs are funny? See this Southern-fried comedy," 5 July 2019 Haitian forward Herve Bazile's high kick on Jimenez at the top of the penalty box was the turning point for Mexico qualifying for its ninth Gold Cup final. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Mexico slips past Haiti in front of Gold Cup record crowd at State Farm Stadium," 2 July 2019 But then came a turning point in the career of Benitez, as he was appointed manager of Segunda Division side Extremadura in 1997. SI.com, "Rafa Benitez: The Conqueror of La Liga Who Masterminded That Comeback in Istanbul," 1 July 2019 Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation last October marked an ideological turning point for the court, one that will reshape American lives for decades to come. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Steps to the Right," 1 July 2019 Phase 2: Find the right person Most of the books about grieving that Tonya read after Paul’s death centered on one thing: remarriage is the turning point. Zach Horrall, Indianapolis Star, "How Tonya Bergeson-Dana coped with the loss of husband Paul Dana after Indy car wreck," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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