• WordNet 3.6
    • adj well-turned (of language) aptly and pleasingly expressed "a well-turned phrase"
    • adj well-turned of a pleasing shape "a well-turned ankle"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • well-turned Accurately turned or rounded: as, a well-turned column.
    • well-turned Dexterously turned or fashioned; well-rounded; aptly constructed: as, a well-turned sentence or compliment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Well-turned accurately rounded or fashioned
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  • Beau Brummel
    Beau Brummel
    “If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wel; cog. with Goth. vaila, Ger. wohl, from the root of will.


In literature:

The cards turn out well for them.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
Marriage is an institution that turns out uncommonly well here.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
The object is to clean and dry the vessels well before they turn cold.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
All eyes being turned their way, de Spain's attention as well was drawn toward them.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
I could ask you in turn how well did you know your mother?
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
The scholar, too, was remembered with a toast, to which he replied with well-turned phrases.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Well, well, each one in turn.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
Louis Moore's doubts respecting the immediate evacuation of Fieldhead by Mr. Sympson turned out to be perfectly well founded.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Wunpost arrived at Poison Spring well along in the evening, the desert night being almost turned to day by the splendor of a waning moon.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
Now I might just as well turn round and go back the way I came.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various

In poetry:

Too well she knew the saddening tale
Of love no vow had blest,
That turned his blushing honors pale
And stained his knightly crest.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But ere we turn'd our path to trace,
I cried, "Farewell, thou stream!
If poets are a dreaming race,
Then here they well might dream."
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
"That ladye fayre she greetes you well,
And ever-more well by mee:
You must either turne againe and fighte,
Or goe home and lose your ladye."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
O turn to me, whose blighted youth
The wreck of former days appears!….
But well the change has proved my truth,
And thou wilt own that change endears.
"Remembrance" by Amelia Opie
As to that hour with backward steps I turn,
Midway I pause; behold a funeral urn!
Ah, sad memorial! known but all too well
The tale which thus its golden letters tell:
"Poem For The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Founding Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I too was young; I could have loved her well
When her soft eyes across the twilight burned;
But suddenly, around her amber neck,
The golden beads would sparkle as she turned.
"Sher Afzul" by Laurence Hope

In news:

The LT-3000EX delivers precision turning in any direction, and is well suited for high production environments such as the automotive industry.
Chef turned TV personality shows viewers how to eat and travel well.
They certainly hope that free agency turns out as well as their draft did.
Well, the passing game, for once, turned out to be the key ingredient in last Friday's dramatic 25-22 come-from-behind victory at Patrick Henry.
He has taken his love of model railroading and turned it into a career as well as a hobby.
All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author.
These pin-head size insects are always hungry and can turn paper into, well, dust.
A blood drive Sunday set up to honor former Mayor Jon Gumerson turned into a memorial event when the well-known resident died on Saturday, an event organizer said.
Re-reading my piece, it struck me that what I was basically getting at was that companies needed to turn hipster as well.
Do these of these hugs ever turn out well.
Add chicken, turning to coat well.
Well, it turns out they have a really fun event each year – YORKFEST Rubber Ducky Races.
'The Raven': 5 other movies that turned well-known figures into action heroes.
It's a story NewsChannel 36 has been following since the first day of school and now it's turned into a well organized fight.
In fact, it did so well, it turned into a trilogy.

In science:

We turn to well-known properties for preference structures.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
Considering first IT security, we discuss in turn qualitatively the cases of ciphertextonly, known-plaintext, and statistical attacks on the data as well as the key.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
This in turn is well known to imply that the Lindeberg’s conditions for the CLT for sums of non-identically distributed random variables τk holds.
Simple Transient Random Walks in One-dimensional Random Environment: the Central Limit Theorem
This in turn implies the same for Kawamata’s well-known theorem [Ka] saying that if κ(X ) = 0, then the Albanese map is surjective.
GV-sheaves, Fourier-Mukai transform, and Generic Vanishing
We turn now to the announced variants as well as a finer distinction within the directly sceptical approach.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems