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  1. the total time consumed in the round trip of a ship, aircraft, vehicle, etc.
  2. turnabout.
  3. change of allegiance, opinion, mood, policy, etc.
  4. a place or area having sufficient room for a vehicle to turn around.
  5. the time required between receiving and finishing or processing work or materials.
  6. Commerce.
    1. a reversal, as in business sales, especially from loss to profit.
    2. the time between the making of an investment and receiving a return.
  7. Aviation. the elapsed time between an aircraft's arrival at an airfield terminal and its departure.
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Origin of turnaround

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn around
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Related Words for turnaround

U-turn, turnabout, inversion, retraction, annulment, switch, repeal, cancellation, transposition, volte-face

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Historical Examples of turnaround

  • The turnaround in Milosevic's position was too sudden and Russia's support has always been more moral than military.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Only Hunter and his faded seat companion got out at the turnaround terminal and took the slideway to center-city.

    The Cartels Jungle

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for turnaround


    1. 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
    2. the time taken for this
  1. the total time taken by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle in a round trip
  2. a complete reversal of a situation or set of circumstances
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Also called: turnround
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Word Origin and History for turnaround


1936, from verbal phrase turn around "reverse," 1880, American English.

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