- the total time consumed in the round trip of a ship, aircraft, vehicle, etc.
- change of allegiance, opinion, mood, policy, etc.
- a place or area having sufficient room for a vehicle to turn around.
- the time required between receiving and finishing or processing work or materials.
- a reversal, as in business sales, especially from loss to profit.
- the time between the making of an investment and receiving a return.
- Aviation. the elapsed time between an aircraft's arrival at an airfield terminal and its departure.
Origin of turnaround
First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn around
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- the act or process in which a ship, aircraft, etc, unloads passengers and freight at the end of a trip and reloads for the next trip
- the time taken for this
- the total time taken by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle in a round trip
- a complete reversal of a situation or set of circumstances
Also called: turnround
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Word Origin and History for turnaround
1936, from verbal phrase turn around "reverse," 1880, American English.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper