Definition of turn in English:
- The most striking design element of the atrium is the circular stair that turns 180 degrees between floors.
- Inside, a large circular stone is rapidly turning and grinding dried corn kernels into flour, using only the power of the running water.
- Before Copernicus, medieval scholars solemnly concluded that the Earth couldn't possibly be moving and turning.
- Alex turned the paper several different ways, trying to figure out which way was up.
- Andy snorted again, turning the rag a different direction.
- I found myself turning a box of cards around so the Virgin Mary wouldn't have to witness me buying skeleton candy.
- Give us your take on St. Petersburg as a whole and the first time ever that the IndyCar Series cars turned both right and left.
- They turned round once more towards Holme and drove slowly back to the spot.
- Then he said the car turned towards the pavement but the driver appeared to change her mind at the last minute.
- She scoffed his direction as she turned her head toward her sandwich once more.
- I hopped up quickly, cautiously moving around, rolling my eyes in every direction, turning my head every which way.
- During the mating season, birds' attention turns toward nesting.
- My hips and body are turning faster, which knocks my timing out.
- I shook my head, turning away from the body that she held limply.
- He turned and used his body as a barrier between her and the ball, moving from side to side to try and get around her.
- Dracula called in a fog to keep the boat docked until after the tide turned, so that he could board it.
- Following the destruction of the American fleet at Pearl Harbour, the tide had slowly turned.
- However, with today's Law Lords decision and the government's defeat on detention without charge the tide may finally be turning.
- More than that, she adds, being able to balance on her hands, to turn cartwheels, to tumble and flip is part of who she is.
- The fourth, and possibly most pertinent, question is whether young girls today ever turn cartwheels.
- Moray eels shout at you in silent warning from their crevices and rays have been known to turn somersault.
- One person twisted or turned his or her ankle.
- Sprained ankles commonly result from tripping or turning the ankle the wrong way.
- The beachside is a mess, and Hillary for one would not like to risk a stroll along the seafront in case of turning my finely turned ankle.
- He walked down the street just as the slight drizzle turned into a moderate downpour.
- Artemis simply smiled at her and she could see his face turn a slight pink colour, this made her giggle.
- It is good for a bit of a chuckle if the weather turns nasty this weekend.
- It turns Popeye green and gives him the ability to go ‘Pac-Man’ on Bluto.
- The new database has turned what used to be a headache into easy work.
- They had turned what was only a means into an end in itself.
- Leaves are turning and are providing us with a beautiful last blast of colour before they fall and disintegrate into a sodden mush of brown.
- No frost yet, so the leaves are not turning en masse; instead there has been a long succession of lovely sunny days and blue skies.
- It sounds utterly inappropriate as the leaves turn, night draws in and Wales floods.
- The latest round of political maneuvering in Indonesia is enough to turn one's stomach.
- The sight of those five smug and arrogant oil corporation CEOs was enough to turn one's stomach.
- My body shakes at every joint, my empty stomach turns and nausea rushes over me in waves.
- She stopped at that hand, turning Tara loose to run with the other horses.
- They gave me a lovely nametag and lanyard and then turned me loose in the gaming room.
- Coach Lefty Driesell turns 'em loose and lets'em go, and they know what to do.
- All these success stories have got many Indian Americans turning to film production, with finances in place or not.
- When film journalists turn to book writing, the result can be hilarious.
- Philips, also a Fox contract player, appeared in a few more films before turning to directing television.
- Finally, I turn to consider the practical consequences of giving the magistrates' court jurisdiction.
- I therefore turn to consider whether the law imposes any limitation upon the exercise of power under the section.
- We turn to consider how those principles should be applied in the present context.
- Biologists are turning to information technology to produce critically needed efficiencies in their work.
- Chang also noted that a number of top information technology players are turning to Linux as an operating system for mobile devices.
- It's not so much the BBC or foreign sources of information that people are turning to.
- I turn to the other recourse for rancid times: the cultivation of my garden.
- Since then, he had been fired from two jobs, and in the face of rising pot prices, had turned to other, more harmful drugs.
- To relieve her anxieties, Wong, 26, turns to a collagen fortified drink and forces herself to eat more fruits.
- When Jonathan was 12, he started turning wood on a lathe.
- He will turn wood on a lathe and tend the museum's medieval garden, which has plants for household, culinary and medicinal use.
- In 1993, at the age of 81, Gunnar made himself a wood lathe specifically to turn spheres.
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- The turn of a key in the lock makes me jerk away from my heavenly memory and into my brutal reality.
- As I put the key in the lock for the final turn, my mother asked me if I was sad.
- Lower the ram a bit and screw the seating stem down three or four turns.
- As you can see from the picture, there is not even any room to do a three-point turn, never mind a high speed stunt!
- You wouldn't know where to start with a three-point turn if you had not been taught how to and had a go by yourself.
- I had aced my emergency stop and my hill start, and we were on our way to do a three-point turn.
- He admitted things seemed to have taken a turn for the better in recent years.
- Phrases lead to complex, surprising turns and developments.
- This has to be one of the most bizarre turns of events I've seen in a very long time.
- The sandstone buildings date back to the turn of the century when terraced houses first became popular in Glasgow.
- However, around the turn of the 15th century, the practice began of having a small chorus sing polyphonically.
- By the turn of the century, Al-Jazeera broadcasts could be watched around the clock on all five continents.
- Kenny kept leading them around twists and turns and crazy bends in the road before they finally pulled up to a beautiful three-story house.
- The distance is less than seven miles as the crow flies, but is 13 miles by water, because of the twists and turns of the river.
- I know the road well so I know exactly where night-time leaves its sharp twists, turns and blind bends.
- Garry said they drove from Darwen town centre towards Ewood and for some reason Sean missed his turn into Branch Road.
- I stuck to the Navigation Map which is easier to use than the north-facing map and also highlights your next turn at the top of the screen.
- The new works have allowed an improved view of the approach to the turn and has widened the roadway at a crucial spot.
- It's a second bogey in three holes since the turn.
- Not wanting to be embarrassed, I shot a 47 on the front nine and really bore down after the turn.
- The match was pretty tight on the front nine but I had a couple of really good holes around the turn and I pulled away.
- They have to be hauled during the turn of the tide, when the water flow is at a minimum.
- This week marks the return of an old friend, who comes to us now at the turn of the tide.
- The opening has signalled a turn of the tide for unionism in Australia.
- The filament is helical, and has ~ 11 monomers for every two turns of the one-start helix.
- Once you have completed about ten turns of the whipping take a sharp razor knife and cut the remainder of the trapped line flush with the whipping.
- Mr Wilson and Mr Nicholas stood to the side waiting their turn.
- They spoke in turns and never interrupted the one with the spear.
- Samantha stood quietly to the side, waiting her turn, wondering where Jeana and Jais were.
- Polak is a powerful presence in the lead, displaying remarkable physical and emotional range, while Treasa Levasseur is a standout in both comic and tragic turns.
- As a child I used to love New Year's Eve because the holiday community to which we belonged built a bonfire, sang songs and did comic turns.
- His comic turn failed to save him from nine months' hard labour.
- She simply agonises over how to describe what she does when a camera is pointed at her, saying that she feels more like a performer or a circus turn than an actress.
- Rush is always an entertaining turn and the role promises to license a hyperactive nastiness.
- Then best known as one of the stars of The Comedians, Granada's popular showcase of northern comic turns, Reid was as surprised as anyone when he was asked to front the new series in 1975.
- But she then started to experience funny turns and we cancelled the holiday.
- Harry thought I was having another one of my funny turns.
- I can have a drink with those sort of reactionaries whereas fascists bring on one of my funny turns.
- In the Romantic era, signs were still used for simple ornaments such as trills, turns, or mordents.
- Here the many details, such as decorative turns, came across with meaning and heartfelt expression.
- There are no interesting harmonic turns, no unusual chords or harmony.
Old English tyrnan, turnian (verb), from Latin tornare, from tornus 'lathe', from Greek tornos 'lathe, circular movement'; probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French turner. The noun ( Middle English) is partly from Anglo-Norman French tourn, partly from the verb.
The origin of Old English turn is Latin tornare ‘to turn’, from tornos, the Greek word for a lathe. The sense ‘a song or other short performance’ developed in the early 18th century from the meaning ‘an opportunity or obligation to do something’, as in ‘It's your turn’, which is medieval. Card games and betting combine to give us a turn-up for the book, ‘a completely unexpected event or occurrence’. Turn-up here refers to the turning up or over of a particular card in a game, while the book is one kept by a bookie to record bets made in a race. The leaf in to turn over a new leaf, ‘to improve your behaviour or performance’, is a sheet of paper in a book, not a part of a plant or tree. A turncoat is a person who deserts one party to join an opposing one. The term dates from the mid 16th century and is said to be a reference to a Duke of Saxony whose land was located between the French and Saxons, who were at war with each other. The Duke wore a reversible coat, one side of which was blue (the Saxon colour) and the other side white (the French colour), so that he could change his display of allegiance quickly should the need arise.
at every turn
- On every occasion; continually: her name seemed to come up at every turnMore example sentences
- It was a mantra repeated at every turn.
- There were pockets of shade at every turn.
- We're going to talk about positive issues, we're not going to be bashing the President at every turn.
- One after the other; alternately: he was by turns amused and mildly annoyed by herMore example sentences
- The man is, by turns, amused and annoyed by the presence of cameras in his midst.
- It's charming and embarrassing, silly and touching by turns; mildly, reassuringly affecting.
- Such dubious assertions are by turns annoying and unintentionally amusing.
do someone a good (or bad) turn
- Do something that is helpful (or unhelpful) for someone.Example sentences
service, deed, act;favor, kindness
- People are looking for the Cardinal to do them a good turn.
- A journalist who, because she was from his own native county of Longford, decided to do her a good turn, found himself in court because Ms Johnson did not like the way her comments were treated in the Star.
- It's not just the money because they also did us a good turn as players.
- In succession; one after the other: four men prayed in turnMore example sentences
- The team of four anglers took it in turn to fish the same swim and over a period of months took over a hundred fish.
- They had to shout bogies in turn louder and louder - the loudest to shout was the winner.
- The band are in turn calling themselves very important and very brilliant at the same time.
- (also in one's/its turn)4.1 Used to convey that an action, process, or situation is the result or product of a previous one: he would shout until she, in her turn, lost her temperMore example sentences
- Fish, in their turn, get to carnivores and in this way poison gets into a man's meal.
- The school system is a microcosmic image of a tyrannical society - the rich older boys rule the roost while the juniors bide their time, accepting the bullying, waiting to become bullies in their turn.
- Shareholders issue these vouchers to tenants who in turn issue them to employees.
not know which way (or where) to turn
- Not know what to do; be completely at a loss.Example sentences
- Our health care system so bewildering and impersonal that one often doesn't know where to turn or whom to trust.
- The illiterate farmer doesn't know where to turn.
- Julie is still trying to cope with her truanting, drug-taking son and she doesn't know where to turn to find help.
not turn a hair
- see hair.
one good turn deserves another
on the turn
out of turn
- At a time when it is not one’s turn.Example sentences
- Examples of discourteous actions are: shouting, freestyling, slapping course equipment, throwing out of turn and throwing or kicking golf bags.
- They should have been disqualified for playing out of turn at the semi-final.
- They would then complain to the referee that she had played out of turn.
speak (or talk) out of turn
- Speak in a tactless or foolish way.Example sentences
- They don't want anyone talking out of turn.
- However, we are not talking out of turn when, with respect, we congratulate Margaret Lawson on the 25 letters she had printed.
- He might have been just talking out of turn, but tonight might be interesting.
- (Of two or more people) do something alternately or in succession.Example sentences
- You and your partner should take it in turns, on alternate days, to be the asker.
- My girl and I took turns putting our fingers in our ears, or hands over our eyes during the scary bits.
- There were two other girls who were taking turns trying to get his attention.
to a turn
- To exactly the right degree (used especially in relation to cooking): hamburgers done to a turnMore example sentences
- Gideon Gaye's follow-up, Hawaii, confounded all those expectations but still managed to serve up a generous dose of thoughtful, evocative tunes, done to a turn.
- The pork roast was done to a turn.
- And make sure the underpart is baked to a turn, so that it's all soaked in juice, so well done that the whole of it, you see, is - I mean, I don't want it to crumble, but melt in the mouth like snow, so that one shouldn't even feel it - feel it melting.
turn and turn about
- chiefly British One after another; in succession: the two men were working in rotation, turn and turn aboutMore example sentences
- When we got back home we started out on the task of scanning and correcting the prints, taking turn and turn about but, really, there's only so much you can do.
- The Hatfields and the McCoys go at it, turn and turn about, until no one's left standing.
- I distributed them equally between my four pockets, and sucked them turn and turn about.
turn one's back on
- see back.
turn the corner
- Pass the critical point and start to improve.Example sentences
- The games industry looks as if it is finally turning the corner.
- Former pit communities in South Yorkshire hit by the collapse of the mining industry are finally turning the corner after years of decline.
- Consumption of red meat was now higher than it had been in the last decade, and the industry had turned a corner.
turn a deaf ear
- see deaf.
turn one's hand to something
- see hand.
turn one's head
- see head.
- see head.
turn an honest penny
- see honest.
turn in one's grave
- see grave1.
turn of mind
- A particular way of thinking: people with a practical turn of mindMore example sentences
- I do not think it takes a radical postmodern turn of mind to conclude we cannot reliably write much about the the mind.
- Jefferson, not surprisingly, was not of a prescriptive turn of mind on this question.
- Excerpts from the memos clearly show a conservative turn of mind.
turn of speed
- The ability to go fast when necessary.Example sentences
- Add to that outstanding build quality and a turn of speed indecently fast for a diesel and you have a great package.
- He is a good runner with a fast turn of speed at the finish.
- He has a rare turn of speed and the ability to beat men in the tightest of one-on-one situations.
turn on one's heel
- see heel1.
turn the other cheek
- see cheek.
turn over a new leaf
- Start to act or behave in a better or more responsible way.
turn something over in one's mind
- Think about or consider something thoroughly.Example sentences
- Geneva thoroughly turned this subject over in her mind and pondered upon it.
- The man turns it over in his mind, chewing on his bottom lip.
- He selects each person here with care, patiently turning them over in his mind, studying them with his kind eyes.
turn around and do (or say) something
- informal Used to convey that someone’s actions or words are perceived as unexpected, unwelcome, or confrontational: then she just turned around and said she wasn’t coming after allMore example sentences
- You write them off as beyond hope and then they turn round and say something that makes you wonder if they weren't right all along.
- Of course, I could turn round and say it's almost a natural reaction, if someone goes in over the top on you, that you wave him off.
- I think that to turn round and say a member cannot do that is absolutely unfair.
turn the tables
- see table.
- informal Turn around and run away.
turn the tide
- see tide.Example sentences
- A battle was waged which turned the tide of the Second World War.
- The National Commissioner said the police were turning the tide against crime and that this trend would continue.
- The Code Talkers were honored for creating a code which was credited with saving thousands of lives and turning the tide of decisive battles in the Pacific theater.
turn something to (good) account
- see account.
turn a trick
- see trick.
- see turtle.
turn up one's nose at
- see nose.
turn against (or turn someone against)
- Become (or cause someone to become) hostile toward: public opinion turned against him
- Move so as to face in the opposite direction: Alice turned around and walked down the corridorMore example sentences
- It simply couldn't turn about and reverse direction and position that fast.
- It is exactly the kind of scene that van Hoogstraten proposes as ideal for viewing in a camera, full of countless people walking and turning about.
- Kourin watched in dismay as Kellan turned about and began walking towards the mountains.
turn something around
- Instead of 140 men taking two days to unload and load 16 years ago, a ship nowadays can be turned around in less than a day by fewer than 50 people.
- Fewer inspections did not necessarily mean a ship could be turned around at a US port faster than before.
- This new appointment is expected to help the firm turn its poor performance around.
- This is a company which has turned its performance round.
- The 18-year-old, from Westlea, who has turned her life around with the organisation's help, says she is proof that the project works.
turn someone away
- Refuse to allow someone to enter or pass through a place.Example sentences
send away, reject, rebuff, repel, cold-shoulderinformal send packing
- Hospitals aren't legally allowed to turn you away.
- What if they are turned away?
- Cleopatra enters, and he turns her away, saying that he wishes that Caesar will capture her and make a public spectacle of her.
turn back (or turn someone/something back)
- Go (or cause to go) back in the direction in which one has come: they turned back before reaching the church
turn someone down
- Reject an offer or application made by someone: the Air Force turned him down on medical groundsMore example sentences
- You would not complain if you were turned down in a job application for health reasons.
- We did advertise earlier this year and only had three applicants, two weren't suitable and the one we offered it to turned us down.
- He never asks for help and he turns you down when you offer it.
turn something down
- Sheffield Council says the Government has not turned its plans down.
- Chris and Phil turned his kind offer down.
- She was asked by her Physical Education instructor to try out for netball but she had to turn the offer down.
- You can control what you hear, just simply find the spot in you where you can control the volume and turn it down.
- They told her how much they look forward to having a decadent TV meal on a tray in front of the screen, turning the volume down and just admiring the Scottish scenery for an hour!
- An understandably muted crowd turned the volume knob down another notch or two.
- informal Go to bed in the evening.Example sentences
- Bangalore turns in early on winter nights, except for the few who frequent late night movie shows or nigh spots.
- Alternately, before turning in you may like to embark on a quest to find the island's buried treasure.
turn someone in
- Hand someone over to the authorities.Example sentences
- The girl's family turned him in to immigration authorities and he was deported.
- We could turn him in to the local authorities.
- When he is caught, the boys decide not to turn him in to the school authorities.
turn something in
- Give something to someone in authority: I’ve turned in my resignationMore example sentences
hand in/over/back, give in, submit, surrender, give up;deliver, return
- The blank obverse side of the maps bear a list of the Obligaciones del Comprador-the duties of the purchaser-including, at the first signs of outbreak of civil disturbance, turning the map in to national authorities.
- To this end an amnesty period of three to six months should be declared to allow those in possession of illegal unlicensed guns to turn them in to the authorities.
- At KMB, mobiles unclaimed after three months are offered back to the person who turned them in and if they don't want the phones, the mobiles are donated to charity, a spokeswoman said.
- 10.1Produce or achieve a particular score or a performance of a specified quality.Example sentences
- Great performances were turned in by many members of the team.
- Phenomenal performances are turned in from all of the aforementioned artists.
- Other memorable performances were turned in by Tipperary's Declan Browne.
- Become (a particular kind of thing or person); be transformed into: the slight drizzle turned into a downpour that dream turned into a nightmare in the next instant he turned into a tiny mouseMore example sentences
- In some respects, the trend toward greater tolerance has turned into a floodtide.
- The same situation in Angola, the two Congos, also in Cameroon, cinemas are turning into casinos.
- The building which housed Britain's first ten-pin bowling alley was set to be turned into a family home.
turn someone/something into
- Cause to become (a particular kind of thing or person); transform into: the town was turned into a thriving seaside destination every single good children’s book has been turned into a feature-length cartoonMore example sentences
- For what we are going to do now is consider how to turn a theme into a plot.
- RE Anthony Hargrove needs plenty of playing time to help turn his potential into production.
- The decision infuriated residents, who saw their once well-kept verges rapidly turn into wilderness.
turn someone off
- informal Induce a feeling of boredom or disgust in someone.Example sentences
- She was turned off by the overtly sexual messages of most of the men who wrote to her.
- Like many other people, I was turned off.
- If the idea of wearing big shapes turns you off, indulge in big accessories instead.
turn something off
- Stop the operation or flow of something by means of a valve, switch, or button: remember to turn off the gasMore example sentences
- He pressed the stop button and turned the music off, apologizing.
- She jabbed at the button to turn the alarm off, and it stopped its absurd shrieking.
- I just stopped long enough to turn the gas off at the mains and then got out.
- 15.1Operate a valve or switch in order to do this.Example sentences
- You turn the switch off chemically and it stops the production.
- Visualize a stop sign - imagine closing a spigot - or imagine turning a light switch off.
- Sure enough, someone - probably me - had turned the wireless switch off and I failed to notice it.
- Suddenly Lily turns on her.
- Should he lose, it will be like a pack of wolves that suddenly turns on itself.
- He said he feared for his life after the three men suddenly turned on him and started punching him.
- In such a world there is no space for a communication without a topic that turns on money.
- The question turns on that vexed subject, the moral status of the human embryo.
- That the question turns on the meaning of a passage from Scripture is not insignificant.
turn someone on
turn something on
- Start the flow or operation of something by means of a valve, switch, or button: she turned on the TV
- 18.1Operate a valve or switch in order to do this.Example sentences
- Vincent found the main power switch and turned it on.
- Adele turned the faucet on and adjusted the water to a non-scalding temperature.
- This white wire will be made hot when the switch is turned on and will take the electrical power to the controlled outlet.
turn someone on to
- That may turn out not prove to be quite so beneficial as it first appears.
- It turns out there is a job available.
- The new year is hardly turning out to be happy.
- They may even encourage more than half of the electorate to turn out and vote four years from now.
- Since 1988, Canadians have been turning out to vote in steadily decreasing numbers.
- He suggested that they should be paid for turning out to vote.
turn someone out
- I will turn you out of my house and send you back to your father.
- In their arrogance they assumed that no landlord would ever try to turn them out.
- He wouldn't be surprised if his uncle turned him out tomorrow.
- Ballinkillen's under-10 team were turned out in style at the county blitz finals against Carlow town recently in their brand new jerseys that were sponsored by a local Borris business.
turn something out
- A rifle was turned out in 22 hours and 36.5 minutes.
- They have to churn, and I'm confident that when they turn that sausage out, it will be the right kind of sausage for America.
- Most factory shotguns are turned out with stocks in the 14-to 14 1/4 inch range - adequate but often a compromise.
- She used clear ‘Blomange’ to fill two fish moulds, turned them out and gilded them with gold leaf.
- When risen, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, divide into two and knead each piece lightly.
- Run cold water over the spinach to cool it quickly, then turn it out onto a chopping board and use a sharp knife to make a couple of cuts across it.
turn someone over to
- Deliver someone to the care or custody of (another person or body, especially one in authority): they turned him over to the policeMore example sentences
- He turned Jeremy over to the local authorities.
- I shall not turn you over to any authority.
- We need someone we can trust, who wants to find Kate as much we do, but won't turn us over to the authorities.
turn something over
- Inside, pausing to wipe and polish my spectacles before I turned the engine over and drove home, I listened to the faint sounds of water running off the car and dripping down to the pavement.
- I turned the engine over.
- We have turned the engine over with the help of a battery.
- I don't see the merit of turning any control over to him in the near future.
- The county can't do the job itself, and plans to turn the hospital over to a private management team.
- They have decided to dodge responsibility for the company by turning its management over to states and private entities.
- The three cardboard boxes exploded components all over the kitchen work surfaces and into the dining room, where the table was turned over to an assembly bench.
- The base was turned over to be a civilian operation.
- A strip of countryside either side of a country road has been turned over to housing.
- He said Concorde, founded 25 years ago which turns over around £3.5 million a year, was enjoying great success in the spooling market.
- AWG Developments, which turns over in excess of £150m per year, employs around 200 people, mainly in Scotland.
- This already turns over £45m and employs 80 people.
- A large number of dodgy documents have turned up over the last month.
- As soon as it appeared on some bonus CD, it started turning up in ‘file sharing’ sites.
- And Plato does not appear to be a nickname; it turns up frequently in the period.
- It took a while for the food to arrive but we had turned up early and didn't mind sitting in the sunshine.
- You know how it is, wait for ages for something to arrive and several turn up at once.
- She failed to turn up and the judge issued the present warrant.
turn something up
- I reached over quickly and turned on my stereo, turning the volume knob up, trying to cover up the sound of the clock.
- They'd turned the sound system up, to compensate for the decorating noise I imagine.
- One of the best things about helping out at a theatre is getting to turn the sound up to eleven.
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