• WordNet 3.6
    • n turnkey someone who guards prisoners
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Turnkey A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder.
    • Turnkey (Dentistry) An instrument with a hinged claw, -- used for extracting teeth with a twist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n turnkey The person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a prison warden.
    • n turnkey An instrument, now almost obsolete, used for extracting teeth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turnkey one who turns the keys in a prison: a warder
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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:

One of the turnkeys and Boivin stood over me, and I saw at once that my plan had worked well.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
The day was over, and the evening already late, when a turnkey appeared, and desired me to follow him.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
One of the turnkeys and Boivin stood over me, and I saw at once that my plan had worked well.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
At the sheriff's ring, it was opened by the turnkey in attendance.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
At twenty minutes past eleven a turnkey brought him a line; a horseman had galloped in with it from Gravesend.
"International Short Stories" by Various
A jail is a jail, and the turnkey can walk out if he chooses.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
I'm trying to get into the confidence of a turnkey.
"Pandora's Box" by Frank Wedekind
We are to be taken to the chapel, and left there in charge of our turnkey; we shall each find a dagger in the spot indicated.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
The turnkey has come to tell me that I am going directly before the magistrate.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 4 of 6" by Eugène Sue
Amongst the prisoners called into the reception-room by visitors, the one the farthest off from the turnkey was Nicholas Martial.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6" by Eugène Sue
The rotunda turnkey, in charge of the shipments, is hostile, and I appeal to the Chaplain.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
Dinny called hisself his turnkey, but said as there was no door to lock.
"Commodore Junk" by George Manville Fenn
The other prisoners looked after him rather enviously as he left the court in answer to the turnkey's imperative summons.
"Vestigia" by George Fleming
He thanked me, and slipping a small coin into the turnkey's hand, I quitted the cell.
"Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II" by Alexander Huth
The turnkey wished to oppose their entrance, but the superintendent took him by the arm.
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
About ten o'clock the turnkey appeared, and he was conducted to Scully's cell.
"The Spy of the Rebellion" by Allan Pinkerton
You'll find him in one of the cells; and if the turnkey says anything, tell him I sent you.
"Teddy and Carrots" by James Otis
The turnkeys, it would seem, had not the presence of mind to say at the first, 'Stop Mr.
"Dilemmas of Pride, (Vol 3 of 3)" by Margracia Loudon
The turnkey closed and locked the door, and overtook Sewell as he walked along the corridor.
"Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II." by Charles James Lever
Harry went to the window and watched him cross the yard, a turnkey, wearing a suppressed grin, by his side.
"The Long Lane's Turning" by Hallie Erminie Rives

In poetry:

She got 'Death Recorded' in Newry town,
For stealing her mistress' watch and gown;
Her little boy Paddy can tell you the tale,
Her father was turnkey at Newry jail.
"The Lass in the Female Factory" by Anonymous Oceania
(Death instrumental,
Splitting the long eye open, and the spiral turnkey,
Your corkscrew grave centred in navel and nipple,
The neck of the nostril,
Under the mask and the ether, they making bloody
The tray of knives, the antiseptic funeral;
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Turnkey packaging solution for powders.
SANTA CLARA, Calif — Trianz, a global consulting and turnkey execution services firm with clients in the retail space, has expanded its leadership team.
Vertical Double-Disc Grinder with Turnkey Solutions.
HP and TurnKey Solutions have announced an agreement to deliver automated testing frameworks for enterprises.
Turnkey Packaging Solution for Powders.
Triple Horse offers turnkey services for filmmakers.
HVAC Contractor/Fabricator Provides " Turnkey Comfort Systems".
HP Launches New Turnkey Cloud-Building Package.
' Turnkey ' computer system that fits.
Although the HDTV Producer is a fully turnkey system, it can be upgraded as requirements change.
Turnkey 16-bit MCU development platform for educators.
Turnkey Linux Hub 1.0 provides cloud hosting and backup capabilities for the Web application software appliances offered by the Turnkey Linux project.
Turnkey Linux Uses Ubuntu as a Foundation.
Turnkey PACS Tablet Displays Images Instantly.
Harris showcases end-to-end turnkey solutions to jumpstart mobile TV implementations.

In science:

While originally clusters were almost always assembled at the user site by staff local to the user organization, now increasingly clusters are being delivered by vendors as turnkey solutions to user specifications.
Cluster Computing White Paper