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  1. an act or result of turning over; upset.
  2. change or movement of people, as tenants or customers, in, out, or through a place: The restaurant did a lively business and had a rapid turnover.
  3. the aggregate of worker replacements in a given period in a given business or industry.
  4. the ratio of the labor turnover to the average number of employees in a given period.
  5. the total amount of business done in a given time.
  6. the rate at which items are sold, especially with reference to the depletion of stock and replacement of inventory: Things are slow now, but they expect an increased turnover next month.
  7. the number of times that capital is invested and reinvested in a line of merchandise during a specified period of time.
  8. the turning over of the capital or stock of goods involved in a particular transaction or course of business.
  9. the rate of processing or the amount of material that has undergone a particular process in a given period of time, as in manufacturing.
  10. a change from one position, opinion, etc., to another, often to one that is opposed to that previously held.
  11. a reorganization of a political organization, business, etc., especially one involving a change or shift of personnel.
  12. a baked or deep-fried pastry with a sweet or savory filling in which half the dough is turned over the filling and the edges sealed to form a semicircle or triangle.
  13. Basketball, Football. the loss of possession of the ball to the opponents, through misplays or infractions of the rules.
  1. that is or may be turned over.
  2. having a part that turns over, as a collar.

Origin of turnover

First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase turn over
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Contemporary Examples of turnover

Historical Examples of turnover

  • They made their second, 180-degree turnover while weightless.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Its turnover was small, its list of stockholders was select.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • When she returned from the kitchen with his turnover he was standing.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • And so the visit to Turnover Park was made, and the Fenwicks were driven home.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • You know you don't like him, and you know also that you will have a very bad time of it at Turnover.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

Word Origin and History for turnover

1650s, "action of turning over," from the verbal phrase; see turn (v.) + over (adv.); meaning "kind of pastry tart" is attested from 1798. Meaning "number of employees leaving a place and being replaced" is recorded from 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper