turn on

Definitions

  • Josiah turned his back on me
    Josiah turned his back on me
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v turn on become hostile towards "The dog suddenly turned on the mailman"
    • v turn on get high, stoned, or drugged "He trips every weekend"
    • v turn on cause to operate by flipping a switch "switch on the light","turn on the stereo"
    • v turn on stimulate sexually "This movie usually arouses the male audience"
    • v turn on cause to be agitated, excited, or roused "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
    • v turn on produce suddenly or automatically "Turn on the charm","turn on the waterworks"
    • v turn on be contingent on "The outcomes rides on the results of the election","Your grade will depends on your homework"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"AS THE DRIVERS BEGAN TO TURN I JUMPED ON THE COW-CATCHER." "AS THE DRIVERS BEGAN TO TURN I JUMPED ON THE COW-CATCHER."
PARTLY TURNED BLOCK ON LATHE PARTLY TURNED BLOCK ON LATHE

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter "T."
    • Turn on to set running (as water): to depend on: to confront in fight
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Many bad artists will tell you that art is life. There's a subtle difference however. You can turn your back on art”
  • Honore De Balzac
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    “Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.”
  • Turkish Proverb
    Turkish Proverb
    “No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
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    “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”
  • Bruce Barton
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    “Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
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    “Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

Idioms

Turn something on its head - If you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it.
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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:

This wind must have been turned on to suit us.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
We shall have to take turns on them.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
The wizard turned on his victim a solemn gaze.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
Then she drew a great, gasping breath, and turning on her heel she was gone.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Steve turned on his side.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Ernest lighted his pipe and listened thoughtfully under the electric light he had turned on.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
All eyes were turned on the approaching craft.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The twins, now devouring griddle-cakes, turned on him with unmoved faces.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
She turned on the chair and looked down upon her old chum.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
He turned on her sharply.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
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In poetry:

Reason left the mother's eye,
When the latest pang was o'er;
Then she raised her gaze on high,
Turned it earthward nevermore.
"The Maniac" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Then with a heart within me beating fast,
Knowing the poet now—
Dante, I whisper, and on me at last
He turns his weary brow.
"One of The Four In Song" by Alexander Anderson
The living turn from my fond embrace,
As if no love were needed;
The tears I wept on thy young dead face
Were never more unheeded
"At The Nightfall" by Emma Alice Browne
"Thou, my Hermos, turn thy eyes,
"(God-touch'd still their frank, bold blue)
"On the Helot--mark the rise
"Of the Bacchic riot through
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The king, who had a huntinge gone,
Grewe weary of his sport anone,
And leaving all his gallant traine,
Turn'd on the sudden home againe;
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
His brow was heavenward turned, His face was fair
He dreamed of me
On that still sea --
The stars He made were gleaming through His hair.
"The Master's Voice" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

The other morning I woke up, fed the cats, put on the kettle for coffee and turned on the television to watch the news on MSNBC.
"Every time I turn on my faucet, I'm wondering, is there going to be water".
More of us are getting to decide who's going to turn on the lights at home.
Turn on the television or radio, pick up a newspaper or magazine, and you're likely to find something on the subject of taxes.
Prince certainly played up the ambiguity of his sexuality, and yet many straight men have a certain kind of relationship with lesbians that a gay man doesn't have: It's a turn-on for them.
Jersey Shore 's Angelina Pivarnick has turned on former co-star Vinny Guadagnino, telling RadarOnline.com: "He is a bully and a hyprocite.".
We are there before anyone else to open the building, turn on the lights, make coffee and ready the sanctuary for worship.
Why "Right Turn On Red" in the first place .
Tune In, Turn On, Pay Up.
Obama Makes U-Turn on Libya.
A career — and a life — can turn on moments, and this one starts at a kitchen table in a small apartment in San Antonio on December 17, 1991.
Brooklyn Neighborhood Wants Its Heat Turned On.
Enlarge Susan Ketchum, Sun News The crowd reacts as the tree lights are turned on Dec 1 at Independence town square on Brecksville Road.
The lights on the Holiday Tree are turned on at the 5th annual Holiday Tree Lighting at L.A. Live and opening of LA Kings Holiday Ice on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012, in Los Angeles.
0Fairfield Tree lighting was on Friday night and many people watched as the lights were turned on.
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In science:

The rules of T-duality show that boosting and turning on a B01 -field are precisely equivalent.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
In addition, we can introduce U (Q) Chan-Paton factors, as well as turn on a discrete electric flux.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
Suppose that a tachyon vev with some profile is turned on.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
So at one loop order we can not turn on any non vanishing anomalous dimensions.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
However, this is only true in the free QGT, since, as we will see in the next section, this degeneracy gets lifted once interactions are turned on in the gauge theory.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
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