"turning" in the noun sense
1. turn, turning
the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
"he took a turn to the right"
act of changing in practice or custom
"the law took many turnings over the years"
a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
4. turning, turn
a movement in a new direction
"the turning of the wind"
the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
the activity of shaping something on a lathe
"turning" in the verb sense
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"
2. change state, turn
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"
3. become, turn
undergo a change or development
"The water turned into ice"
"Her former friend became her worst enemy"
"He turned traitor"
cause to move around or rotate
"turn a key"
"turn your palm this way"
5. change by reversal, turn, reverse
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. turn, move around
pass to the other side of
"turn the corner"
"move around the obstacle"
7. turn, grow
pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute become
"The weather turned nasty"
"She grew angry"
8. turn, release
let (something) fall or spill from a container
"turn the flour onto a plate"
move around an axis or a center
"The wheels are turning"
10. turn, turn over
cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
"turn a page of a book"
to send or let go
"They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
12. plow, plough, turn
to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
"Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"
"turn the earth in the Spring"
shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
"turn the legs of the table"
"turn the clay on the wheel"
"In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
15. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick
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"
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"
accomplish by rotating
"turn a somersault"
get by buying and selling
"the company turned a good profit after a year"
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"
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"
21. flex, bend, deform, twist, turn
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"
alter the functioning or setting of
"turn the dial to 10"
"turn the heat down"
direct at someone
"She turned a smile on me"
"They turned their flashlights on the car"
24. call on, turn
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"
25. sour, turn, ferment, work
go sour or spoil
"The milk has soured"
"The wine worked"
"The cream has turned
become officially one year older
"She is turning 50 this year"
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