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  1. the gathering of persons who come to an exhibition, party, spectacle, or the like: They had a large turnout at the meeting.

  2. quantity of production; output.

  1. an act of turning out.

  2. the manner or style in which a person or thing is equipped, dressed, etc.

  3. equipment; outfit.

  4. a short side track, space, spur, etc., that enables trains, automobiles, etc., to pass one another or park.

  5. Ballet. the turning out of the legs from the hips, with the feet back to back or heel to heel.

  6. Railroads. a track structure composed of a switch, a frog, and closure rails, permitting a train to leave a given track for a branching or parallel track.: Compare crossover (def. 6).

Origin of turnout

First recorded in 1680–90; noun use of verb phrase turn out

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British Dictionary definitions for turn out

turn out

  1. (tr) to cause (something, esp a light) to cease operating by or as if by turning a knob, etc

  2. (tr) to produce by an effort or process: she turned out 50 units per hour

  1. (tr) to dismiss, discharge, or expel: the family had been turned out of their home

  2. (tr) to empty the contents of, esp in order to clean, tidy, or rearrange: to turn out one's pockets

  3. (copula)

    • to prove to be: her work turned out to be badly done

    • to end up; result: it all turned out well

  4. (tr) to fit as with clothes: that woman turns her children out well

  5. (intr) to assemble or gather: a crowd turned out for the fair

  6. (of a soldier) to parade or to call (a soldier) to parade

  7. (intr) informal to get out of bed

  8. (intr foll by for) informal to make an appearance, esp in a sporting competition: he was asked to turn out for Liverpool

  1. the body of people appearing together at a gathering

  2. the quantity or amount produced

  1. an array of clothing or equipment

  2. the manner in which a person or thing is arrayed or equipped

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Other Idioms and Phrases with turnout


Shut off, as in He turned out the light. [Late 1800s]

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