turn·​ing | \ˈtər-niŋ \

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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One of the turning points of World War II, the Battle of Midway ranked second in our list of most important engagement of the war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Director of “Independence Day” is Taking on the Battle of Midway," 29 Aug. 2018 But keep reading, because eclipses also act as crucial turning points in our lives, and if approached with the right mindset and knowledge, can be a powerful and healing time of transformation. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Your Survival Guide to Friday's Lunar Eclipse, Which Will Be the Longest in a Century and a Blood Moon," 26 July 2018 Perhaps in a decade or two historians will look back and point to this policy or that event as the turning-point in China’s emergence as a financial hegemon. The Economist, "Why foreigners are keen buyers of Chinese government bonds," 28 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Little did the Marlins know that the turning point would start right then and there. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Marlins want to 'keep shocking the world.' Can they continue to do it? | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 To identify historical turning points is also to indulge in counterfactuals, to consider how mistakes could have avoided, how events could have taken a different shape. Linda Kinstler, The New Republic, "How 1947 Changed the World," 5 Apr. 2018 Over the last few weeks, McGraw iterated that the turning point this season came in mid-January when Notre Dame overcame a 23-point deficit against Tennessee to win by 14. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Why Notre Dame women's basketball can repeat as national champions," 3 Apr. 2018 One of the turning points of the season was an 89-87 double-overtime home loss to Shawnee, the eventual state Group 4 champion and the Inquirer’s No. 1-ranked team. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "South Jersey Coach of the Year: Delsea's Tom Freeman," 23 Mar. 2018 Many point to the Republican ascension in 1994 as the turning point. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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