Noun: turning tur-ning
Verb: turn turn
- The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
- Act of changing in practice or custom
"the law took many turnings over the years"
- A shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
- A movement in a new direction
"the turning of the wind";
- The end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
- The activity of shaping something on a lathe
- 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"
- 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";
- change state
- Undergo a change or development
"The water turned into ice"; "He turned traitor";
- Cause to move around or rotate
"turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"
- Change to the contrary
"the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern";
- change by reversal, reverse
- Pass to the other side of
"turn the corner";
- move around
- Pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
"The weather turned nasty";
- Let (something) fall or spill from a container
"turn the flour onto a plate";
- Move around an axis or a centre
"The wheels are turning"
- Cause to move around a centre so as to show another side of
"turn a page of a book";
- turn over
- To send or let go
"They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
- (farming) to break and turn over earth especially with a plough
"turn the earth in the spring";
- plow [N. Amer], plough [Brit, Cdn]
- Shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
"turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
- Change colour
"In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
- Twist suddenly so as to sprain
"I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days";
- twist, sprain, wrench, wrick, rick
- Cause to change 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"
- Accomplish by rotating
"turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"
- Get by buying and selling
"the company turned a good profit after a year"
- 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"
- Channel one's attention, interest or thought toward or away from something
"The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"
- Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
"the strong man could turn an iron bar";
- flex, bend, deform, twist
- Alter the functioning or setting of
"turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
- Direct at someone
"She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
- Have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
"She turned to her relatives for help";
- call on
- Go sour or spoil
"The cream has turned--we have to throw it out";
- sour, ferment, work
- Become officially one year older
"She is turning 50 this year"
Derived forms: turnings
See also: turn around, turn away, turn back, turn off, turn on, turn to
Type of: acquire, age, aim, alter, appeal, change, change form, change of course, change shape, channel, channelise [Brit], channelize, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], control, deform, direct, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], displace, do, end product, form, formation, get, get on, go, injure, invoke, locomote, maturate, mature, metamorphose, modify, motion, move, movement, operate, output, paring, perform, send, senesce, shape, shaping, shaving, sliver, take, take aim, till, train, transfer, transform, transmit, transmute, transport, travel, wound
Encyclopedia: Turning Turn, Lancashire