Definitions of turn

  1. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; " he did his act three times every evening"; " she had a catchy little routine"; " it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
  2. undergo a change or development; " The water turned into ice"; " Her former friend became her worst enemy"; " He turned traitor"
  3. a circular segment of a curve; " a bend in the road"; " a crook in the path"
  4. 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"
  5. change to the contrary; " 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"
  6. 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"
  7. go sour or spoil; " The milk has soured"; " The wine worked"; " The cream has turned-- we have to throw it out"
  8. a time for working ( after which you will be relieved by someone else); " it's my go"; " a spell of work"
  9. a favor for someone; " he did me a good turn"
  10. the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; " it is my turn"; " it is still my play"
  11. twist suddenly so as to sprain; " 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"
  12. 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"
  13. taking a short walk out and back; " we took a turn in the park"
  14. turning or twisting around ( in place); " with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
  15. turning away or in the opposite direction; " he made an abrupt turn away from her"
  16. the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; " he took a turn to the right"
  17. a movement in a new direction; " the turning of the wind"
  18. an unforeseen development; " events suddenly took an awkward turn"
  19. cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; " turn a page of a book"
  20. ( sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
  21. pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; " The weather turned nasty"; " She grew angry"
  22. become officially one year older; " She is turning 50 this year"
  23. change color; " In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
  24. direct at someone; " She turned a smile on me"; " They turned their flashlights on the car"
  25. alter the functioning or setting of; " turn the dial to 10"; " turn the heat down"
  26. cause ( a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; " bend the rod"; " twist the dough into a braid"; " the strong man could turn an iron bar"
  27. let ( something) fall or spill a container; " turn the flour onto a plate"
  28. shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; " turn the legs of the table"; " turn the clay on the wheel"
  29. to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; " Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; " turn the earth in the Spring"
  30. 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"
  31. 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 millenium"
  32. to send or let go; " They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
  33. cause to move around or rotate; " turn a key"; " turn your palm this way"
  34. move around an axis or a center; " The wheels are turning"
  35. get by buying and selling; " the company turned a good profit after a year"
  36. accomplish by rotating; " turn a somersault"; " turn cartwheels"
  37. To make a turn about or around ( something); to go or pass around by turning; as, to turn a corner.
  38. 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 turn a wheel or a spindle; to turn the body or the head.
  39. 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 turn a box or a board; to turn a coat.
  40. To give another direction, tendency, or inclination to; to direct otherwise; to deflect; to incline differently; -- used both literally and figuratively; as, to turn the eyes to the heavens; to turn a horse from the road, or a ship from her course; to turn the attention to or from something.
  41. 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.
  42. 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 turn a worm into a winged insect; to turn green to blue; to turn prose into verse; to turn a Whig to a Tory, or a Hindu to a Christian; to turn good to evil, and the like.
  43. To form in a lathe; to shape or fashion ( anything) by applying a cutting tool to it while revolving; as, to turn the legs of stools or tables; to turn ivory or metal.
  44. Hence, to give form to; to shape; to mold; to put in proper condition; to adapt.
  45. To translate; to construe; as, to turn the Iliad.
  46. To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle, etc.: as, to turn cider or wine; electricity turns milk quickly.
  47. To sicken; to nauseate; as, an emetic turns one's stomach.
  48. 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 turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man turns on his heel.
  49. Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge; to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact.
  50. To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to issue.
  51. To be deflected; to take a different direction or tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road.
  52. To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one color turns to another; to turn Mohammedan.
  53. To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory turns well.
  54. To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc.
  55. To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain.
  56. To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach.
  57. To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of scales.
  58. To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; -- said of the tide.
  59. To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery.
  60. To invert a type of the same thickness, as temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.
  61. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel.
  62. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs; alteration; vicissitude; as, the turn of the tide.
  63. 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.
  64. A circuitous walk, or a walk to and fro, ending where it began; a short walk; a stroll.
  65. Successive course; opportunity enjoyed by alternation with another or with others, or in due order; due chance; alternate or incidental occasion; appropriate time.
  66. Incidental or opportune deed or office; occasional act of kindness or malice; as, to do one an ill turn.
  67. Convenience; occasion; purpose; exigence; as, this will not serve his turn.
  68. Form; cast; shape; manner; fashion; -- used in a literal or figurative sense; hence, form of expression; mode of signifying; as, the turn of thought; a man of a sprightly turn in conversation.
  69. A change of condition; especially, a sudden or recurring symptom of illness, as a nervous shock, or fainting spell; as, a bad turn.
  70. 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.
  71. A round of a rope or cord in order to secure it, as about a pin or a cleat.
  72. A pit sunk in some part of a drift.
  73. A court of record, held by the sheriff twice a year in every hundred within his county.
  74. Monthly courses; menses.
  75. 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 /.
  76. To make to revolve or go round, as a wheel; to do by means of a revolving motion, as a handspring; to change the direction or position of; to change from one state to another, as milk into butter; upset; as, success has turned her head; to cause to become; to nauseate; to guide or direct; to give into the hands of another; with over; to bend or fold up, down, or over, as the leaf of a book; to go around; as to turn a corner; to shape in circular form, as by holding a revolving piece of wood against a sharp edge , or lathe; hence , to make or mold; as, he turns many a pretty compliment; to revolve in the mind; as, he turned the plan in every direction; to ponder; translate.
  77. To have a circular motion; revolve; become; be changed; to start in especially to revolt; to depend; as, my action turns on yours; to incline to one side or the other; said of scales; hinge; to change from ebb to flow or from flow to ebb; said of the tide; to become spoiled, acid, or sour, as milk; to be nauseated, as the stomach; to become dizzy; as, my head turns; to result.
  78. The act of revolving; circular motion, as of a wheel; a bend or curve; as, a turn of the road; change of direction; a good or evil act; as, to do a good turn; a single twist of a rope about a post; a critical change in the progress of a disease; colloquially, startling surprise or shock; a short walk for air and exercise; time for some act which one does in rotation with others; special purpose; tendency; bent; a charcacteristic growing out of a particular cast of mind, thought, etc.; a short stage piece or act.
  79. To whirl round: to hinge: to depend: to issue: to take a different direction or tendency: to become by a change: to be turned in a lathe: to sour: to become giddy: to be nauseated: to change from ebb to flow or from flow to ebb: to become inclined in the other direction.
  80. To cause to revolve: to reverse: to change the position or the direction of: to make to nauseate, to make giddy: direct the mind to: infatuate or make mad: to cause to return with profit: to transfer: to convert: to form in a lathe: to shape.
  81. Act of turning: new direction, or tendency: a walk to and fro: change: a winding: a bend: from: manner: opportunity, convenience: act of kindness or malice. - TURNER. BY TURNS, one after another, alternately.
  82. Act of turning: new direction: change: act.
  83. To form in a lathe; cause to revolve; reverse; transfer; employ; convert.
  84. To revolve; move round; depend; issue; bechanged; sour.
  85. To move or go round; revolve; rotate.
  86. To change; alter.
  87. To shape in a lathe; round.
  88. To give or take a new direction; reverse; incline; bend.
  89. The act of turning; a change; variation; rotation; revolution.
  90. A round; spell.
  91. Shape or form; mold; disposition.
  92. An embellishment formed by playing a note and the accessory notes above and below it.
  93. The act of turning; a revolution; a winding; a bend or bending; a walk to and fro; change; change of direction; chance; hap; incidental opportunity; form, shape or manner; act of kindness or malice; new position of things; a pit sunk in some part of a drift. By turns, alternately. To take turns, to take each other's places alternately.
  94. To cause to move in a circular course; to change or shift sides; to change or transform; to metamorphose; to put upside down to alter position, as the posture of the body; to form on a lathe; to shape; to translate; to transfer; to cause to nauseate; to make giddy; to infatuate; to direct; to revolve; to move from a direct course or straight line; to cause to deviate; to reverse; to make acid; to sour, as wines; to dissuade from a purpose or cause to change sides. To turn aside, to avert. To turn away, to dismiss; to avert. To turn down, to fold or double down. To turn in, to fold or double. To turn off, to dismis contemptuously; to deflect. To be turned to be advanced beyond. To turn out, to expel; to put forth. To turn over, to change sides; to transfer; to overset. To turn to, to have recourse to. To turn upon, to retort. To turn the back, to flee. To turn the back upon, to quit with contempt; to for sake. To turn the die, to change fortune.
  95. To move round; to have a circular motion; to be directed; to move the body round; to move; to revolve; to deviate; to be changed; to change; to become giddy; to change a course of life; to repent. To turn about, to move the face to another quarter. To turn away, to deviate. To turn in, to bend inward; to go to bed. To turn off, to deviate from a course. To turn on, to reply or retort. To turn out, to move from its place; to rise from bed; to prove in the result. To turn over, to turn from side to side; to tumble; to change sides. To turn to, to be directed. To turn under, to bend or be folded downward. To turn up, to bend or be doubled upward.
  96. To cause to go round; to move round; to move from a direct course or straight line; to change the direction of; to change or alter; to reverse; to put the upper side downwards; to form or shape, as by means of a lathe; to translate, as from one language to another; to transform; to cause to loathe; to bewilder or make mad, as, it has turned his brain; to expel, as, to turn him out of doors; to direct, as the inclination or thoughts; to cause to change, as a party or principle; to change, as a course of life; to revolve in the mind; to make sour, as a liquor.
  97. A movement in a circular direction; a bend, as in a road; the twist of a rope round a dent or belaying- pin; a walk to and fro; a change; change of direction; opportunity; convenience, use, or purpose; that which comes to one by rotation or in the course of duty; a good or evil act; form or cast, as the turn of a sentence.

Usage examples for turn

  1. The two men turn and look at her. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  2. And yet, although, here my story may seem to matter- of- fact persons to take a turn towards the fantastic, this was not quite all. – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
  3. And now then, doctor- your turn! – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  4. Of course you won't turn him off. – The Riflemen of the Miami by Edward S. Ellis
  5. Lina, Lina, I promise anything, only do not turn so white! – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  6. It is the bride's turn. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  7. But still he did not turn his head. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  8. Indeed, we would not turn you out of your bed." – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  9. Like a turn with the mauleys this morning? – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  10. Her own turn would come. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. Which way was he to turn? – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  12. You can't turn him out, of course. – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
  13. Turn it over as you're about to speak. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  14. Which way do you turn this, Mr. Costigan? – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  15. You shall have your turn by- and- by. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  16. But now it's your turn to help me. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  17. Nothing will turn up! – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  18. Have I come so far to turn back now? – The Sleeping Beauty by C. S. Evans
  19. You won't want to turn out when I tell you what I've come for! – Monitress Merle by Angela Brazil