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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. 2017.
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  • His eye is inturned, while the proper Indian eye gazes steadily, as if on a distant object.

  • It was a very old woman with a wrinkled face and the inturned lips of the toothless.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • Mrs. Chedsoye calmly plucked out the inturned fingers of her gloves.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • It is always the same expression one catches, rather weary, rather sullen, inturned.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • 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
  • 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 whole apparatus is like the inturned finger of a glove which can be blown out by pressure from the inside.

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

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • 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
  • The mouth, with a very small œsophagus, lies at the bottom of the inturned peristome.

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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