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  • n  a circular segment of a curve
  • n  the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
    he took a turn to the right
  • n  (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
    it is my turn
  • n  an unforeseen development
    events suddenly took an awkward turn
  • n  a movement in a new direction
    the turning of the wind
  • n  the act of turning away or in the opposite direction
    he made an abrupt turn away from her
  • n  turning or twisting around (in place)
  • n  a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
  • n  (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
  • n  a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
  • n  a favor for someone
    he did me a good turn
  • n  taking a short walk out and back
    we took a turn in the park
  • v  change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
    The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face
    She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs
  • v  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
  • v  undergo a change or development
    The water turned into ice
    He turned traitor
  • v  cause to move around or rotate
    turn a key
    turn your palm this way
  • v  change to the contrary
    the tides turned against him
    public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern
  • v  pass to the other side of
    turn the corner
  • v  pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
    The weather turned nasty
  • v  let (something) fall or spill from a container
    turn the flour onto a plate
  • v  move around an axis or a center
    The wheels are turning
  • v  cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
    turn a page of a book
  • v  to send or let go
    They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion
  • v  to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
    turn the earth in the Spring
  • v  shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
    turn the legs of the table
    turn the clay on the wheel
  • v  change color
    In Vermont, the leaves turn early
  • v  twist suddenly so as to sprain
    I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days
  • v  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
  • v  accomplish by rotating
    turn a somersault
    turn cartwheels
  • v  get by buying and selling
    the company turned a good profit after a year
  • v  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
  • v  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
  • v  cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    the strong man could turn an iron bar
  • v  alter the functioning or setting of
    turn the dial to 10
    turn the heat down
  • v  direct at someone
    She turned a smile on me
    They turned their flashlights on the car
  • v  have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
    She turned to her relatives for help
  • v  go sour or spoil
    The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
  • v  become officially one year older
    She is turning 50 this year

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  • We've got to turn the page on George Bush and Dick Cheney.
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  • Turn signal a must, not just option
    Dear Mahatma, Ye of Great Wisdom: When did it become illegal to use your turn signal? Cars zip in front of me without signaling and eat up my buffer space. Also, when did it become legal to make a left turn on red? I now hesitate when my light turns green. Did I miss another update? — Confused in Little Rock Dear Confused: Wisdom is the meld of knowledge and (mostly bad) experience, as you have ...
    June 22, 2013 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Turn your Kindle Fire into an Android 4.2 tablet
    Now there's an easy and automated way to root your Kindle Fire. (Credit: N2A) For a long time I've been a fan of N2A Cards , which sells a simple plug-and-play way to turn Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets into full-blown Android tablets. After all, if you've got good hardware, why not unlock its maximum potential? Now Kindle owners can get in on the action. N2A's new N2Aos service will install ...
    June 21, 2013 - CNET
  • Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into a Media Centre With a New Kit From element14
    LONDON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- XBMC bundle allows users to quickly turn their Raspberry Pi computers into a low-cost home media centre Raspberry Pi owners can now quickly and easily turn their Pi ...
    June 20, 2013 - PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  • LeBron James in ABC Online
    The things that the Miami Heat franchise have done to be able to free up (salary) cap space and to be able to put themselves in a position this summer to have all three of us, it was hard to turn down,James said. "Those are two great...
  • Barack Obama in Newsweek
    I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics, to turn every issue into a running tally of who's up and who's down,Obama said in his opening remarks.

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