turn Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a circular segment of a curve
twist; crook; bend.
- a bend in the road
- a crook in the path
noun the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
- he took a turn to the right
noun (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
- it is my turn
- it is still my play
noun an unforeseen development
twist; turn of events.
- events suddenly took an awkward turn
noun a movement in a new direction
- the turning of the wind
noun the act of turning away or in the opposite direction
- he made an abrupt turn away from her
noun turning or twisting around (in place)
- with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room
noun a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
go; tour; spell.
- it's my go
- a spell of work
noun (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
noun a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
bit; routine; number; act.
- he did his act three times every evening
- she had a catchy little routine
- it was one of the best numbers he ever did
noun a favor for someone
- he did me a good turn
noun taking a short walk out and back
- we took a turn in the park
verb 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
verb 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
verb undergo a change or development
- The water turned into ice
- Her former friend became her worst enemy
- He turned traitor
verb cause to move around or rotate
- turn a key
- turn your palm this way
verb change to the contrary
change by reversal; reverse.
- 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
verb pass to the other side of
- turn the corner
- move around the obstacle
verb pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
- The weather turned nasty
- She grew angry
verb let (something) fall or spill from a container
- turn the flour onto a plate
verb move around an axis or a center
- The wheels are turning
verb cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
- turn a page of a book
verb to send or let go
- They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion
verb to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
- Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week
- turn the earth in the Spring
verb shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
- turn the legs of the table
- turn the clay on the wheel
verb change color
- In Vermont, the leaves turn early
verb twist suddenly so as to sprain
twist; rick; wrick; sprain; wrench.
- 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
verb 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
verb accomplish by rotating
- turn a somersault
- turn cartwheels
verb get by buying and selling
- the company turned a good profit after a year
verb 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
verb 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 millennium
verb cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
twist; flex; bend; deform.
- bend the rod
- twist the dough into a braid
- the strong man could turn an iron bar
verb alter the functioning or setting of
- turn the dial to 10
- turn the heat down
verb direct at someone
- She turned a smile on me
- They turned their flashlights on the car
verb 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
verb go sour or spoil
ferment; sour; work.
- The milk has soured
- The wine worked
- The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
verb become officially one year older
- She is turning 50 this year
Turn transitive verb
To cause to move upon a center, or as if upon a center; to give circular motion to; to cause to revolve; to cause to move round, either partially, wholly, or repeatedly; to make to change position so as to present other sides in given directions; to make to face otherwise; as, to. turna wheel or a spindle; to turnthe body or the head
Turn the adamantine spindle round. Milton.
The monarch turns him to his royal guest. Pope.
To cause to present a different side uppermost or outmost; to make the upper side the lower, or the inside to be the outside of; to reverse the position of; as, to. turna box or a board; to turna coat
To give another direction, tendency, or inclination to; to direct otherwise; to deflect; to incline differently; -- used both literally and figuratively;"Expert when to advance, or stand, or, turn the sway of battle." Milton. as, to. turnthe eyes to the heavens; to turna horse from the road, or a ship from her course; to turnthe attention to or from something
Thrice I deluded her, and turned to sport Her importunity. Milton.
My thoughts are turned on peace. Addison.
To change from a given use or office; to divert, as to another purpose or end; to transfer; to use or employ; to apply; to devote.
Therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David. 1 Chron. x. 14.
God will make these evils the occasion of a greater good, by turning them to advantage in this world. Tillotson.
When the passage is open, land will be turned most to cattle; when shut, to sheep. Sir W. Temple.
To change the form, quality, aspect, or effect of; to alter; to metamorphose; to convert; to transform; -- often with to or into before the word denoting the effect or product of the change; as, to. turna worm into a winged insect; to turngreen to blue; to turnprose into verse; to turna Whig to a Tory, or a Hindoo to a Christian; to turngood to evil, and the like
The Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee. Deut. xxx. 3.
And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. 2 Sam. xv. 31.
Impatience turns an ague into a fever. Jer. Taylor.
To form in a lathe; to shape or fashion (anything) by applying a cutting tool to it while revolving; as, to. turnthe legs of stools or tables; to turnivory or metal
I had rather hear a brazen canstick turned. Shak.
Hence, to give form to; to shape; to mold; to put in proper condition; to adapt."The poet's pen turns them to shapes." Shak.
His limbs how turned, how broad his shoulders spread ! Pope.
He was perfectly well turned for trade. Addison.
- Specifically: --
(a) To translate; to construe; as, to turn the Iliad.
Who turns a Persian tale for half a crown. Pope.
(b) To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle, etc.: as, to. turncider or wine; electricity turnsmilk quickly (c) To sicken; to nauseate; as, an emetic. turnsone's stomach
Turn intransitive verb
To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a wheel turnson its axis; a spindle turnson a pivot; a man turnson his heel.
The gate . . . on golden hinges turning. Milton.
Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge; to depend; as, the decision. turnson a single fact
Conditions of peace certainly turn upon events of war. Swift.
To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to issue.
If we repent seriously, submit contentedly, and serve him faithfully, afflictions shall turn to our advantage. Wake.
To be deflected; to take a different direction or tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently applied; to be transferred; as, to. turnfrom the road
Turn from thy fierce wrath. Ex. xxxii. 12.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways. Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
The understanding turns inward on itself, and reflects on its own operations. Locke.
To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to grow; as, wood. turnsto stone; water turnsto ice; one color turnsto another; to turnMohammedan
I hope you have no intent to turn husband. Shak.
Cygnets from gray turn white. Bacon.
To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory. turnswell
- Specifically: --
(a) To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc. (b) To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain.
I'll look no more; Lest my brain turn. Shak.
(c) To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach. (d) To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of scales. (e) To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; -- said of the tide. (f) (Obstetrics) To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery.
(Print.) To invert a type of the same thickness, as temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.
The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the. turnof a wheel
Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs; alteration; vicissitude; as, the. turnof the tide
At length his complaint took a favorable turn. Macaulay.
The turns and varieties of all passions. Hooker.
Too well the turns of mortal chance I know. Pope.
One of the successive portions of a course, or of a series of occurrences, reckoning from change to change; hence, a winding; a bend; a meander.
And all its [the river's] thousand turns disclose. Some fresher beauty varying round. Byron.
A circuitous walk, or a walk to and fro, ending where it began; a short walk; a stroll.
Come, you and I must walk a turn together. Shak.
I will take a turn in your garden. Dryden.
Successive course; opportunity enjoyed by alternation with another or with others, or in due order; due chance; alternate or incidental occasion; appropriate time."Nobleness and bounty . . . had their turns in his [the king's] nature."
His turn will come to laugh at you again. Denham.
Every one has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases. Collier.
Incidental or opportune deed or office; occasional act of kindness or malice; as, to do one an ill. turn
Had I not done a friendes turn to thee? Chaucer.
thanks are half lost when good turns are delayed. Fairfax.
Convenience; occasion; purpose; exigence; as, this will not serve his. turn
I have enough to serve mine own turn. Shak.
Form; cast; shape; manner; fashion; -- used in a literal or figurative sense; hence, form of expression; mode of signifying; as, the. turnof thought; a man of a sprightly turnin conversation
The turn of both his expressions and thoughts is unharmonious. Dryden.
The Roman poets, in their description of a beautiful man, often mention the turn of his neck and arms. Addison.
A change of condition; especially, a sudden or recurring symptom of illness, as a nervous shock, or fainting spell;Colloq. as, a bad. turn
A fall off the ladder at the gallows; a hanging; -- so called from the practice of causing the criminal to stand on a ladder which was turned over, so throwing him off, when the signal was given.Obs.
A round of a rope or cord in order to secure it, as about a pin or a cleat.
(Mining) A pit sunk in some part of a drift.
(Eng. Law) A court of record, held by the sheriff twice a year in every hundred within his county.Blount.
(Med.) Monthly courses; menses.Colloq.
(Mus.) An embellishment or grace (marked thus, ), commonly consisting of the principal note, or that on which the turn is made, with the note above, and the semitone below, the note above being sounded first, the principal note next, and the semitone below last, the three being performed quickly, as a triplet preceding the marked note. The turn may be inverted so as to begin with the lower note, in which case the sign is either placed on end thus , or drawn thus .