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[in-turn] /ˈɪnˌtɜrn/
an inward turn or curve around an axis or fixed point.
Origin of inturn
First recorded in 1590-1600; in-1 + turn
Related forms
inturned, adjective
Can be confused
intern, inturn, in turn. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a very old woman with a wrinkled face and the inturned lips of the toothless.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • His eye is inturned, while the proper Indian eye gazes steadily, as if on a distant object.

  • The whole apparatus is like the inturned finger of a glove which can be blown out by pressure from the inside.

  • After the corner is properly made, cut away the cloth of the embroidery, allowing only enough for an inturned seam on the edge.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • It is always the same expression one catches, rather weary, rather sullen, inturned.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • Mrs. Chedsoye calmly plucked out the inturned fingers of her gloves.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • The first toe in males of T. ornata is uniquely widened, thickened, and inturned.

  • And so, curiously, Bulldog's fancy had toyed aimlessly with the history of the cayuse that owned that inturned left forefoot.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • The inturned hoof-print had vanished, so the owner of the big feet that carried hob-nailed boots did not ride.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • He studied them intently, a horrible dread in his heart as he searched for that goblined hoof that inturned.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
Word Origin and History for inturned



1590s, "turning in of the toes" (especially in dancing), from in + turn.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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