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turner Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831)
    Nat Turner.
  2. noun United States endocrinologist (1892-1970)
    Henry Hubert Turner.
  3. noun English landscape painter whose treatment of light and color influenced the French impressionists (1775-1851)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner.
  4. noun United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
    Frederick Jackson Turner.
  5. noun a tumbler who is a member of a turnverein
  6. noun a lathe operator
  7. noun one of two persons who swing ropes for jumpers to skip over in the game of jump rope
  8. noun cooking utensil having a flat flexible part and a long handle; used for turning or serving food
    food turner.

Turn"er noun
  1. One who turns; especially, one whose occupation is to form articles with a lathe.
  2. (Zoöl.) A variety of pigeon; a tumbler.
Tur"ner noun
  1. A person who practices athletic or gymnastic exercises.

Webster 1913