• "I shook hands with the three in turn."
    "I shook hands with the three in turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n turning act of changing in practice or custom "the law took many turnings over the years"
    • n turning the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course "he took a turn to the right"
    • n turning the activity of shaping something on a lathe
    • n turning the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
    • n turning a movement in a new direction "the turning of the wind"
    • n turning a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn." "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
"May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable." "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
Using a Turning Saw Using a Turning Saw
Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201 Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201
And so the teacher turned him out And so the teacher turned him out
Josiah turned his back on me Josiah turned his back on me
The Prince is turned into a deer The Prince is turned into a deer
The sleigh turned upside down The sleigh turned upside down

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only animals that are capable of turning their heads 180 degrees are from the genus Galago, such as the Tarsier
    • Turning (Mil) A maneuver by which an enemy or a position is turned.
    • Turning Deviation from the way or proper course.
    • Turning The act of one who, or that which, turns; also, a winding; a bending course; a flexure; a meander. "Through paths and turnings often trod by day."
    • Turning The pieces, or chips, detached in the process of turning from the material turned; -- usually used in the plural.
    • Turning The place of a turn; an angle or corner, as of a road. "It is preached at every turning ."
    • Turning Turnery, or the shaping of solid substances into various forms by means of a lathe and cutting tools.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bats always turn left when exiting a cave
    • n turning The act of one who or of that which turns. Specifically
    • n turning The practice of regular gymnastics according to the system of F. L. Jahn. See turner, 4.
    • n turning A winding; deviation from the straight, direct, or established course; a bend; a turn; also, the place where a road or street diverges or branches out from another.
    • n turning Milit., a manœuver by which an enemy or a position is turned.
    • n turning In obstetrics, the rectification of a malpresentation by bringing down the head or the feet. See version.
    • n turning The art or practice of shaping objects by means of cutting-tools while the objects themselves are revolved rapidly on a lathe.
    • n turning plural The chips detached in the process of turning.
    • n turning In ceramics, the operation of completing or rectifying the shape of a vase, or the like, before it is fired. This is done to give great accuracy of form, and avoid the least unevenness between opposite sides, and is very common in modern manufacture.
    • n turning A turn; a movement back and forth.
    • n turning The part of any textile fabric, leather, or any similar material turned in or under, to avoid making a raw edge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your fingernails can turn yellow from wearing nail polish and from the sun.
    • Turning a winding: deviation from the proper course: turnery, the art of shaping wood, metal, ivory, or other hard substances into forms having a curved (generally circular or oval) transverse section, and also of engraving figures composed of curved lines upon a smooth surface, by means of a turning-lathe: :
    • Turning (mil.) a manœuvre for turning an enemy's position: in pottery, the shaping of a vase
    • Turning (pl.) chips
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A wise man turns chance into good fortune.”
  • David Hare
    “Children always turn to the light.”
  • Vespasian
    “Dear me! I must be turning into a god.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “This lady is not for turning.”
  • George Eliot
    “Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.”


Buggles' turn - (UK) If it Buggles' turn, someone gets promotion through length of service rather than ability, especially in the British civil service.
In turn - This means one after the other. Example: She spoke to each of the guests in turn.
One good turn deserves another - This means that when people do something good, something good will happen to them.
Poacher turned gamekeeper - Someone who gets a legitimate job which is the opposite of their previous one. E.G a computer hacker who then helps to catch other hackers or an ex-bank robber who then advises banks on security.
Tables are turned - When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage.
Turn a blind eye - When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
Turn a deaf ear - If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
Turn a new leaf - If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behaviour and stop doing wrong or bad things.
Turn something on its head - If you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it.
Turn the corner - To get over a bad run. When a loss making venture ceases to make losses, it has "turned the corner".
Turn the crack - (Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.
Turn the other cheek - If you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate or get outwardly angry when someone offends or hurts you, in fact, you give them the opportunity to re-offend instead and compound their unpleasantness.
Turn the tables - If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
Turn turtle - If something turns turtle, it turns upside down.
Turn up like a bad penny - If someone turns up like a bad penny, they go somewhere where they are not wanted.


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.


In literature:

Twice he turned his head and spat into the hearth, and she saw that his face was smooth and young, the colour of sun-baked brick.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Oh, you turn away from me!
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
He turned hastily away.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Turn me loose and hear me howl.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
The collar of his coat was turned up all round it.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
I believe you said, dear," he added, turning to his wife, "that we were dining alone to-night?
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
She turned her green-hooded head slowly towards them all in turn.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
When well risen and nearly dry, turn over, using the griddle-cake turner to turn the muffins and rings.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
She turned her head this way and that in order to get different effects.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Suddenly, Carroll turned and caught sight of him, and as if perforce the boy's eyes turned to meet his father's.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

You've wildness I've turned it to song;
You've strength I've turned it to wings;
The welkin's for your conquest then,
The wood to your music rings."
"The Poet" by Padraic Colum
Four and forty lovers had Agathas in the old days,
All of whom she refused;
And now she turns to me seeking love,
And her hair also is turning.
"Ladies" by Ezra Pound
From the green islands of eternal youth,
(Crown'd with fresh blooms, and ever springing shade,)
Turn, hither turn thy step,
O thou, whose powerful voice
"Ode To Spring" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
He almost turns to leave it—
But stops and turns again,
That carcass there was once the home
Of some sad soul now doomed to roam
Perhaps in endless pain.
"Ajax' Dream" by Frank Barbour Coffin
“Turn again, turn again,” once they rang cheerily,
While a boy listened alone;
Made his heart yearn again, musing so wearily
All by himself on a stone.
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
Then he by turns grew rosy-red,
And he by turns grew passion-pale.
“Sweet Love!” the lark sang overhead,
“Sweet Love!” sang Love’s own nightingale.
"The Two Keys" by Victor James Daley

In news:

It turns out that, as often happens in science, that there is more than one way to explain the same basic phenomenon.
Turns out, the right attitude can go a long way —.
As the weather begins to cool, dinner menus turn to hearty soups and stews.
Most men will spend their lives dreaming about going on a date with Mila Kunis – but for one US Marine, that fantasy may very well turn into a reality.
It turns out that some of you did, although it also turns out that Lizard wasn't actually a town.
How Turning Fifty Might Turn Your Life Upside Down.
Vertical Turning Lathe for Heavy-Duty Turning Applications.
We were celebrating two birthdays last weekend – one for a special friend who was turning 87 – and the other for my daughter's boyfriend who was turning 21.
Pamela Griffith Pond, a voice of ' reasonably priced housing' When housing debate turned nasty, San Marin woman turned 'neighborly'.
Mr Costello turns 58 today, while Mr Tweedy turns 45.
Elysah Damico of Hagerstown, turned in the "cuddliest" and Marcus Manners, also of Hagerstown, turned in the "biggest.".
Elysah Damico of Hagerstown, turned in the "cuddliest" and Marcus Manners, also of Hagerstown, turned in the "biggest.
Just before he was shot, Woodard turned "instinctively almost," then turned back to his portable electronic device, police told ABC News.
Last week it was the Republicans turn and now, Thursday night is the Democrats turn to weigh in on the Presidential race.
Three Republican mayors in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, have switched to the Democratic Party, along with a juvenile court judge and another mayor who is a Republican-turned-independent, now turned Democrat.

In science:

The lamp cannot be in the ON state because we never turned it on without immediately turning it off.
Zeno meets modern science
But the lamp cannot be in the OFF state either because we never turned it off without at once turning it on.
Zeno meets modern science
The statement is clear if x is a turn where G is obtained by flipping the turn x.
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
In this case, G < F if x is a left turn and G > F if x is a right turn.
Nice Initial Complexes of Some Classical Ideals
In this case it is natural to connect the notion of dynamical state of the system with its evolution when Hamiltonian of interaction is turned off (though, the state can be considered in a concrete moment of time, without turning off the Hamiltonian of interaction).
The certainty principle (review)