Definition of turnout in English:


Line breaks: turn|out
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnaʊt


  • 1 [usually in singular] The number of people attending or taking part in an event, especially the number of people voting in an election: we reckon that thirty-five per cent is a good turnout for local elections
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    • He predicted a high turnout at the general election.
    • The aim of the MP who imposed the postal vote upon Yorkshire, was to increase the abysmal turnout from previous elections.
    • Voter turnout for Legislative Council elections was 53 per cent in 1998 but only 44 per cent in 2000.
    attendance, number of people present, audience, house; crowd, gathering, throng, assembly, assemblage, congregation; Sport gate
    Australian informal muster
  • 2North American A road turning: I couldn’t find the lake at first—I drove past the turnout
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    • At a turnout by the road skirting the bay, I got out.
    • At present, there's little more than a marker at a turnout from the road that runs along the broad Columbia River near a spot that was called Station Camp.
    • Look out over spectacular valley views from one of several roadside turnouts - on a clear day, you can see forever.
  • 2.1A point at which a railway track diverges; a set of points: at most junctions and crossovers, the trains will be able to take the turnout at 230 km/h
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    • At least the track chart schematically showed the position of the turnouts and the lengths of each track.
    • With so many turnouts under RU's control, considerable maintenance could be avoided with this change.
    • There are more than 50 turnouts and, I would guess, about eight miles of track in total.
  • 2.2A widened place in a road for cars to pass each other or park temporarily: parks studded with scenic turnouts
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    • The road over Wolf Creek Pass was originally a single-lane road with short widened sections for turnouts to allow for passing.
    • The other challenge with this section is a major lack of turnouts for passing, combined with blind turns that hide people coming the other way.
  • 3A carriage or other horse-drawn vehicle with its horse or horses.
  • 5 [mass noun] Ballet The ability to rotate the legs outward in the hip socket: she has good natural turnout
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    • A physical therapist or orthopedist can evaluate your natural turnout by manipulating your hip joints in the passive position.
    • About ninety percent of turnout comes from natural anatomy.
    • As in ballet, turnout is important, especially because of the crossover steps.

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