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turn

Noun

1 a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: bend, crook]
2 the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right" [syn: turning]
3 the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" [syn: play]
4 an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn" [syn: turn of events, twist]
5 a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind" [syn: turning]
6 turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her"
7 turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room" [syn: twist]
8 a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: go, spell, tour]
9 (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive [syn: bout, round]
10 a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" [syn: act, routine, number, bit]
11 a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn" [syn: good turn]
12 taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park"

Verb

1 change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
2 undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor" [syn: become]
3 undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election" [syn: change state]
4 cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"
5 pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry" [syn: grow]
6 to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
7 pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle" [syn: move around]
8 move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"
9 cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book" [syn: turn over]
10 change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern" [syn: change by reversal, reverse]
11 to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring" [syn: plow, plough]
12 change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
13 cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"
14 let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate" [syn: release]
15 twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days" [syn: twist, sprain, wrench, wrick, rick]
16 shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
17 go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn: sour, ferment, work]
18 accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"
19 get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"
20 cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your dance partner around"
21 channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millenium"
22 cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar" [syn: flex, bend, deform, twist] [ant: unbend]
23 alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
24 direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
25 have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help" [syn: call on]
26 become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

torner, from tornare

Pronunciation

Homophones

Verb

  1. Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.
    the Earth turns
    turn on the spot
  2. To change the direction or orientation of.
    Turn the knob clockwise.
  3. To change one's direction of travel.
    Turn right here.
  4. To position (something) by folding it.
    Turn the bed covers.
  5. To become.
    The leaves turn brown in autumn.
    When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty.
  6. To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated.
    The prisoners turned on the warden.
  7. To shape (something) symmetrically by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool, as on a lathe.
    She turned the table legs with care and precision.
  8. To sour or spoil; to go bad.
    This milk has turned; it smells awful.
  9. To complete.
    They say they can turn the parts in two days.
  10. In the context of "transitive|cricket": Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  11. In the context of "intransitive|cricket": Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  12. In the context of "professional wrestling|intransitive": To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa.

Synonyms

italbrac nautical

Translations

move around an axis through itself
change the direction or orientation of (something)
change one's direction of travel
position (something) by folding it back on itself
become
rebel
shape (something) on a lathe
go bad
complete
in cricket, make the ball move sideways when it bounces
of a cricket ball, to move sideways when it bounces
in professional wrestling, to change personalities

Noun

  1. A change of direction or orientation.
    Give the handle a turn, then pull it.
  2. A movement of an object about its own axis in one direction that continues until the object returns to its initial orientation.
  3. A single loop of a coil.
  4. A chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others.
    They took turns playing with the new toy.
  5. One's chance to make a move in a game having two or more players.
  6. A figure in music, often denoted ~, consisting of the note above the one indicated, the note itself, the note below the one indicated, and the note itself again.
  7. (also turnaround) The time required to complete a project.
    They quote a three-day turn on parts like those.
  8. A fit or a period of giddiness.
    I've had a funny turn.
  9. A change in temperament or circumstance.
    She took a turn for the worse.
  10. A sideways movement of the ball when it bounces (caused by rotation in flight)
  11. The fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em.
  12. In the context of "poker|obsolete": The flop (the first three community cards) in Texas hold 'em
  13. In the context of "electricity": the basic coil element that forms a single conducting loop comprised of one insulated conductor.

Synonyms

change of direction or orientation
  • Czech: obrat
  • Danish: drejning , bøjning
  • Dutch: draai, bocht (in traffic)
  • Finnish: käännös
  • Greek: στροφή
  • Kurdish:
  • Russian: поворот
movement about an axis ending up with the same orientation
  • Danish: omdrejning
  • Dutch: omwenteling
  • Finnish: kierros, pyörähdys
  • Greek: περιστροφή
  • Japanese: 回転
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Russian: оборот
single loop of a coil
  • Danish: snoning
  • Dutch: winding
  • Finnish: kierros
  • Japanese: 巻き
  • Russian: виток
chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others
  • Arabic: (dawr)
  • Bulgarian: смяна, редуване
  • Danish: omgang
  • Dutch: beurt
  • Finnish: vuoro
  • Greek: σειρά
  • Japanese: 番
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Russian: ход (χod) , очередь (óčer'ed')
  • Swedish: turas om (construction with verbs)
one's chance to make a move in a game
  • Danish: tur
  • Dutch: beurt
  • Finnish: vuoro
  • Greek: σειρά
  • Japanese: 番
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Russian: ход (χod)
figure in music
time required to complete a project
fit or period of giddiness
change in temperament or circumstance
  • Danish: tilbøjelighed
  • Finnish: muutos
  • Japanese: 転機; (on a bad case) 転落
sideways movement of a cricket ball
fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em
(electric) the basic coil element that forms a single conducting loop comprised of one insulated conductor

Dutch

Verb

turn
  1. first-person singular present tense of turnen

Icelandic

Noun

turn

Norwegian

Noun

no-noun-mu turn

Romanian

Etymology

Turm

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. tower
  2. rook

Declension

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Turn may refer to:
In music:
In other uses:

See also

turn in Dutch: Draaien
turn in Russian: Вираж

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