Definition of turnout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərnˌout/


1 [usually in singular] The number of people attending or taking part in an event, especially the number of people voting in an election.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2North American A turn in a road.
Example sentences
  • 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 railroad track diverges.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
4 [in singular] The way in which a person or thing is equipped or dressed: his turnout was exceedingly elegant
5 Ballet The ability to rotate the legs outward at the hips.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with turnout


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Syllabification: turn·out

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