Definition of TURNING

noun : TURNING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right" ;

  • 2. (

    ) act of changing in practice or custom; "the law took many turnings over the years" ;

  • 3. (

    ) a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe ;

  • 4. (

    ) a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind" ;

  • 5. (

    ) the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe ;

  • 6. (

    ) the activity of shaping something on a lathe ;

verb : TURNING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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. (

    ) 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. (

    ) undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor" ;

  • 4. (

    ) cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry" ;

  • 8. (

    ) let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the flour onto a plate" ;

  • 9. (

    ) move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning" ;

  • 10. (

    ) cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book" ;

  • 11. (

    ) to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion" ;

  • 12. (

    ) to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring" ;

  • 13. (

    ) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel" ;

  • 14. (

    ) change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early" ;

  • 15. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 16. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 17. (

    ) accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels" ;

  • 18. (

    ) get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year" ;

  • 19. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 20. (

    ) 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. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 22. (

    ) alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down" ;

  • 23. (

    ) direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car" ;