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  1. the act of a person or thing that turns.

  2. an act of reversing position.

  1. the place or point at which anything bends or changes direction.

  2. the forming of objects on a lathe.

  3. an object, as a spindle, turned on a lathe.

  4. an act of shaping or forming something: the skillful turning of verses.

Origin of turning

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at turn, -ing1

Other words from turning

  • un·turn·ing, adjective

Words Nearby turning

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British Dictionary definitions for turning


/ (ˈtɜːnɪŋ) /

  1. Also called: turn a road, river, or path that turns off the main way: the fourth turning on the right

  2. the point where such a way turns off

  1. a bend in a straight course

  2. an object made on a lathe

  3. another name for turnery (def. 2)

  4. (plural) the waste produced in turning on a lathe

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