turn off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn off cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch "Turn off the stereo, please","cut the engine","turn out the lights"
    • v turn off cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
    • v turn off make a turn "turn off at the parking area"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Families who do turn off the television during meals tend to eat healthier. This was regardless of family income, or education
    • Turn off to deviate: to dismiss: to divert: to complete, achieve by labour: to shut off:
    • Turn off (slang) to hang
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Quotations

  • Eli Cass
    Eli Cass
    “Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Courtesy should be a continuous action, not something to be turned on and off like a faucet.”
  • James Humes
    James Humes
    “One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tyrnan; Ger. turnen; Fr. tourner; all from L. tornāre, to turn in a lathe—tornus, a turner's wheel—Gr. tornos.

Usage

In literature:

McCloskey broke off short and turned to the door, but Lidgerwood gave him a parting command.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Though ravenous for food and broken-headed, I forgot my state, and turned off the road of escape to stare at her like a tame deer.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
When he had ridden off some little way the horse stopped and turned his head round, and spoke to the boy.
"Folk Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
I took off my streaming garments, and turned into my warm bed.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
So up they mounted and off they galloped with the horses' heads turned directly towards Pennsylvania.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
He turned the screw at once, and went flying off through the air.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Gives off much water and turns black.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
I have threatened her, sir, that if ever she mentions it again, I'll get her turned off.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Without further parleying she turned and strolled off again.
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
We'll never get any juice up here with that turned off.
"Pee-wee Harris on the Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
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In poetry:

From vanity turn off my eyes;
Let no corrupt design,
Nor covetous desires, arise
Within this soul of mine.
"Psalm 119 part 11" by Isaac Watts
Look down, false swearer, and behold
A place of endless woe;
The wicked are turned into it,
When off the earth they go.
"The False Swearer" by Susannah Hawkins
Sir Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn
Beat the English in every wheel and turn,
And made them fly in great dismay
From off the field without delay.
"The Battle of Bannockburn" by William Topaz McGonagall
Great summer sun, great summer sun,
Turn back to the never-never
Cloud-cuckoo, happy, far-off land
Where all the love is true love, and
True love goes on for ever.
"Summer Song" by George Barker
Blanda, ha! not Recha,
Your Recha now no longer--you resign her,
Give her her Christian name again, and then
For my sake turn her off. Why Nathan, Nathan,
Why must she suffer for it? she for me?
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
So ere the morrow's morn had come,
Rajotte had turned his back from home,
And gone for ever more,
Gone off, alone with his despair,
While his true wife and baby fair,
Watched for him at the door.
"A Story Of Plantagenet" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

The executive order requires state vehicles to be turned off if they idle for more than 30 seconds.
A new survey of women has ranked the four biggest male body turn-offs at the beach and pool, and basically everyone not named Enrique Iglesias has at least one of them.
There's not a moment that I can't see it, and it just doesn't turn off.
The Lonely Forest Turn Off This Song and Go Outside Arrows.
For 18 minutes, everything was turned off.
I'm turning off the keyboard on my humor dispatches.
Dropbox Accidentally Turned Off Passwords on File Storage Service.
Unable to pay bill, Michigan city turns off lights.
Turn off the heat and let the pears cool.
) This particular video explores what happens when you turn off Super Mario Bros and leave the room.
A lot of people are turned off by pre-nuptials, but they are a very important part of a potential marriage where high finances are involved.
Turning off faster browsing on HP printers.
Fri, Dec 7: Digital Presentation Please turn off electronic devices during the feature 12:30 pm 2:45 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 9:30 p.m.
Will you turn off for Earth Hour 2012.
Ford thinks the Transit Connect 's efficiency, along with a base price promised to be cheaper than any other seven-seater, will attract buyers turned off by ever larger and more powerful minivans.
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In science:

Turning off gravity in the code, breakout is achieved for a wind speed less than half of that in Figure 8.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
The dotted curves are for A3 , A8 , and Aγ with mixing among them turned off.
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
Since the constituents of an open cluster have a common age, determinable from the main sequence turn-off mass (e.g.
New Praesepe white dwarfs and the initial mass-final mass relation
Detailed results from the third-stage modeling, i.e., with steepness degeneracy turned off, are shown in Figs. 3–6.
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
We will consider a background in which both discrete torsions on all 64 planes are turned off.
D-brane networks in flux vacua, generalized cycles and calibrations
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