What is Turn?
Turn definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
verb (used with object)
to cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate: to turn a wheel.
to cause to move around or partly around, as for the purpose of opening, closing, or tightening: to turn a key; to turn the cap of a jar.
to reverse the position or placement of: to turn a page; to turn an egg; to turn a person around.
to bring the lower layers of (sod, soil, etc.) to the surface, as in plowing.
to change the position of, by or as if by rotating; move into a different position: to turn the handle one notch.
to change or alter the course of; divert; deflect: He turned the blow with his arm.
to change the focus or tendency of: She skillfully turned the conversation away from so unpleasant a subject.
to reverse the progress of; cause to retreat: The police turned the advancing rioters by firing over their heads.
to change or alter the nature, character, or appearance of: Worry turned his hair gray.
to change or convert (usually followed by into or to): to turn water into ice; to turn tears into laughter.
to render or make by some change: Fear turned him cowardly and craven.
to change the color of (leaves).
to cause to become sour, to ferment, or the like: Warm weather turns milk.
to cause (the stomach) to reject food, liquid, etc.; affect with nausea.
to change from one language or form of expression to another; translate.
to put or apply to some use or purpose: He turned his mind to practical matters.
to go or pass around or to the other side of: to turn a street corner.
to get beyond or pass (a certain age, time, amount, etc.): His son just turned four.
to direct, aim, or set toward, away from, or in a specified direction: to turn the car toward the center of town; to turn one’s back to the audience.
to direct (the eyes, face, etc.) another way; avert.
to shape (a piece of metal, wood, etc.) into rounded form with a cutting tool while rotating the piece on a lathe.
to bring into a rounded or curved form in any way.
to shape artistically or gracefully, especially in rounded form.
to form or express gracefully: to turn a phrase well.
to direct (thought, attention, desire, etc.) toward or away from something.
to cause to go; send; drive: to turn a person from one’s door.
to revolve in the mind; ponder (often followed by over): He turned the idea over a couple of times before acting on it.
to persuade (a person) to change or reorder the course of his or her life.
to cause to be prejudiced against: to turn a son against his father.
to maintain a steady flow or circulation of (money or articles of commerce).
to earn or gain: He turned a huge profit on the sale.
to reverse or remake (a garment, shirt collar, etc.) so that the inner side becomes the outer.
to pour from one container into another by inverting.
to curve, bend, or twist.
to twist out of position or sprain; wrench: He turned his ankle.
to bend back or blunt (the edge of a blade).
to perform (a gymnastic feat) by rotating or revolving: to turn a somersault.
to disturb the mental balance of; distract; derange.
to disorder or upset the placement or condition of: He turned the room upside down.
Obsolete. to convert.to pervert.
verb (used without object)
to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate.
to move partly around through the arc of a circle, as a door on a hinge.
to hinge or depend (usually followed by on or upon): The question turns on this point.
to direct or set one’s course toward, away from, or in a particular direction.
to direct the face or gaze toward or away from someone or something.
to direct one’s thought, attention, desire, etc., toward or away from someone or something.
to give or apply one’s interest, attention, effort, etc., to something; pursue: He turned to the study and practice of medicine.
to change or reverse a course so as to go in a different or the opposite direction: to turn to the right.
to change position so as to face in a different or the opposite direction.
to change or reverse position or posture as by a rotary motion.
to shift the body about as if on an axis: to turn on one’s side while sleeping.
to assume a curved form; bend.
to become blunted or dulled by bending, as the cutting edge of a knife or saw.
to be affected with nausea, as the stomach.
to be affected with giddiness or dizziness; have a sensation of whirling or reeling.
to adopt religion, a manner of life, etc., especially as differing from a previous position or attitude: He turned to Christianity in his old age.
to change or transfer one’s loyalties; defect: He turned from the Democrats and joined the Republicans.
to change an attitude or policy: to turn in favor of someone; to turn against a person.
to change or alter, as in nature, character, or appearance.
to become sour, rancid, fermented, or the like, as milk or butter.
to change color: The leaves began to turn in October.
to change so as to be; become: a lawyer turned poet; to turn pale.
to become mentally unbalanced or distracted.
to put about or tack, as a ship.
Journalism. (of copy) to run either from the bottom of the last column on one page to the top of the first column on the following page or from one column on a page to the expected place in the next column on the page (opposed to jump).
a movement of partial or total rotation: a slight turn of the handle.
an act of changing or reversing position or posture, as by a rotary movement: a turn of the head.
a time or opportunity for action which comes in due rotation or order to each of a number of persons, animals, etc.: It’s my turn to pay the bill.
an act of changing or reversing the course or direction: to make a turn to the right.
a place or point at which such a change occurs.
a place where a road, river, or the like turns; bend: About a mile ahead, you’ll come to a turn in the road.
a single revolution, as of a wheel.
an act of turning so as to face or go in a different direction.
direction, drift, or trend: The conversation took an interesting turn.
any change, as in nature, character, condition, affairs, circumstances, etc.; alteration; modification: a turn for the better.
the point or time of change.
the time during which a worker or a set of workers is at work in alternation with others.
that which is done by each of a number of persons acting in rotation or succession.
rounded or curved form.
the shape or mold in which something is formed or cast.
a passing or twisting of one thing around another, as of a rope around a mast.
the state of or a manner of being twisted.
a single circular or convoluted shape, as of a coiled or wound rope.
a small latch operated by a turning knob or lever.
style, as of expression or language.
a distinctive form or style imparted: a happy turn of expression.
a short walk, ride, or the like out and back, especially by different routes: Let’s go for a turn in the park.
a natural inclination, bent, tendency, or aptitude: one’s turn of mind.
a spell or period of work; shift.
a spell or bout of action or activity, especially in wrestling.
an attack of illness or the like.
an act of service or disservice: He once did her a good turn. She repaid it with a bad turn.
requirement, exigency, or need: This will serve your turn.
treatment or rendering, especially with reference to the form or content of a work of literature, art, etc.; twist: He gave the story a new turn.
Informal. a nervous shock, as from fright or astonishment: It certainly gave me quite a turn to see him.
Stock Exchange. a complete securities transaction that includes both a purchase and sale.
Music. a melodic embellishment or grace, commonly consisting of a principal tone with two auxiliary tones, one above and the other below it.
Chiefly British. an individual stage performance, especially in a vaudeville theater or music hall.
Military. a drill movement by which a formation changes fronts.
a contest or round; a bout, as in wrestling.