an inward turn or curve around an axis or fixed point.

Origin of inturn

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + turn
Related formsin·turned, adjective
Can be confusedintern inturn in turn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inturned

Historical Examples of inturned

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for inturned



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper