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[noun] taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park"
[noun] turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
[noun] turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her"
[noun] the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
[noun] the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
[noun] a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn"
[noun] a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
[noun] a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"
[noun] an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
[noun] a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
[noun] a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
[noun] (in sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
[verb] pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become;"The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry"; "The teacher became impatient"
[verb] twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
[verb] change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
[verb] undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
[verb] become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"
[verb] change color, as of leaves in the Fall; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
[verb] go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
[verb] have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help"
[verb] direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
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\ (Elec.) A unit equal to the product of one complete convolution (of a coiled conductor) into one amp[`e]re of current; thus, a conductor having five convolutions and carrying a current of half an amp[`e]re is said to have 21/2 amp[`e]re turns. The magnetizing effect of a coil is proportional to the number of its amp[`e]re turns.
\Turn\, v. t. To make a turn about or around (something); to go or pass around by turning; as, to turn a corner. The ranges are not high or steep, and one can turn a kopje instead of cutting or tunneling through it. --James Bryce. {To turn turtle}, to capsize bottom upward; -- said of a vessel. [Naut. slang] -- {To turn under} (Agric.), to put, as soil, manure, etc., underneath from the surface by plowing, digging, or the like.
\Turn\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner's chisel, a carpenter's tool for drawing circles; probably akin to E. throw. See {Throw}, and cf. {Attorney}, {Return}, {Tornado}, {Tour}, {Tournament}.] 1. To cause to move upon a center, or as if upon a center; to give circular motion to; to cause to revolve; to cause to move round, either partially, wholly, or repeatedly; to make to change position so as to present other sides in given directions; to make to face otherwise; as, to turn a wheel or a spindle; to turn the body or the head. Turn the adamantine spindle round. --Milton. The monarch turns him to his royal guest. --Pope. 2. To cause to present a different side uppermost or outmost; to make the upper side the lower, or the inside to be the outside of; to reverse the position of; as, to turn a box or a board; to turn a coat. 3. To give another direction, tendency, or inclination to; to direct otherwise; to deflect; to incline differently; -- used both literally and figuratively; as, to turn the eyes to the heavens; to turn a horse from the road, or a ship from her course; to turn the attention to or from something. ``Expert when to advance, or stand, or, turn the sway of battle.'' --Milton. Thrice I deluded her, and turned to sport Her importunity. --Milton. My thoughts are turned on peace. --Addison. 4. To change from a given use or office; to divert, as to another purpose or end; to transfer; to use or employ; to apply; to devote. Therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David. --1 Chron. x. 14. God will make these evils the occasion of a greater good, by turning them to advantage in this world. --Tillotson. When the passage is open, land will be turned most to cattle; when shut, to sheep. --Sir W. Temple. 5. To change the form, quality, aspect, or effect of; to alter; to metamorphose; to convert; to transform; -- often with to or into before the word denoting the effect or product of the change; as, to turn a worm into a winged insect; to turn green to blue; to turn prose into verse; to turn a Whig to a Tory, or a Hindu to a Christian; to turn good to evil, and the like. The Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee. --Deut. xxx. 3. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. --2 Sam. xv. 31. Impatience turns an ague into a fever. --Jer. Taylor. 6. To form in a lathe; to shape or fashion (anything) by applying a cutting tool to it while revolving; as, to turn the legs of stools or tables; to turn ivory or metal. I had rather hear a brazen canstick turned. --Shak. 7. Hence, to give form to; to shape; to mold; to put in proper condition; to adapt. ``The poet's pen turns them to shapes.'' --Shak. His limbs how turned, how broad his shoulders spread ! --Pope. He was perfectly well turned for trade. --Addison. 8. Specifically:
(a) To translate; to construe; as, to turn the Iliad. Who turns a Persian tale for half a crown. --Pope.
(b) To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle, etc.: as, to turn cider or wine; electricity turns milk quickly.
(c) To sicken; to nauseate; as, an emetic turns one's stomach. {To be turned of}, be advanced beyond; as, to be turned of sixty-six. {To turn a cold shoulder to}, to treat with neglect or indifference. {To turn a corner}, to go round a corner. {To turn adrift}, to cast off, to cease to care for. {To turn a flange} (Mech.), to form a flange on, as around a metal sheet or boiler plate, by stretching, bending, and hammering, or rolling the metal. {To turn against}.
(a) To direct against; as, to turn one's arguments against himself.
(b) To make unfavorable or hostile to; as, to turn one's friends against him. {To turn a hostile army}, {To turn the enemy's flank}, or the like (Mil.), to pass round it, and take a position behind it or upon its side. {To turn a penny}, or {To turn an honest penny}, to make a small profit by trade, or the like. {To turn around one's finger}, to have complete control of the will and actions of; to be able to influence at pleasure. {To turn aside}, to avert. {To turn away}.
(a) To dismiss from service; to discard; as, to turn away a servant.
(b) To avert; as, to turn away wrath or evil. {To turn back}.
(a) To give back; to return. We turn not back the silks upon the merchants, When we have soiled them. --Shak.
(b) To cause to return or retrace one's steps; hence, to drive away; to repel. --Shak. {To turn down}.
(a) To fold or double down.
(b) To turn over so as to conceal the face of; as, to turn down cards.
(c) To lower, or reduce in size, by turning a valve, stopcock, or the like; as, turn down the lights. {To turn in}.
(a) To fold or double under; as, to turn in the edge of cloth.
(b) To direct inwards; as, to turn the toes in when walking.
(c) To contribute; to deliver up; as, he turned in a large amount. [Colloq.] {To turn in the mind}, to revolve, ponder, or meditate upon; -- with about, over, etc. `` Turn these ideas about in your mind.'' --I. Watts. {To turn off}.
(a) To dismiss contemptuously; as, to turn off a sycophant or a parasite.
(b) To give over; to reduce.
(c) To divert; to deflect; as, to turn off the thoughts from serious subjects; to turn off a joke.
(d) To accomplish; to perform, as work.
(e) (Mech.) To remove, as a surface, by the process of turning; to reduce in size by turning.
(f) To shut off, as a fluid, by means of a valve, stopcock, or other device; to stop the passage of; as, to turn off the water or the gas. {To turn on}, to cause to flow by turning a valve, stopcock, or the like; to give passage to; as, to turn on steam. {To turn one's coat}, to change one's uniform or colors; to go over to the opposite party. {To turn one's goods} or {money}, and the like, to exchange in the course of trade; to keep in lively exchange or circulation; to gain or increase in trade. {To turn one's hand to}, to adapt or apply one's self to; to engage in. {To turn out}.
(a) To drive out; to expel; as, to turn a family out of doors; to turn a man out of office. I'll turn you out of my kingdom. -- Shak.
(b) to put to pasture, as cattle or horses.
(c) To produce, as the result of labor, or any process of manufacture; to furnish in a completed state.
(d) To reverse, as a pocket, bag, etc., so as to bring the inside to the outside; hence, to produce.
(e) To cause to cease, or to put out, by turning a stopcock, valve, or the like; as, to turn out the lights.

Synonyms for turn

act, become, bend, bend, bit, bout, call on, change by reversal, crook, deform, go, good turn, grow, move around, number, play, plough, plow, release, reverse, rick, round, routine, spell, sprain, tour, turn of events, turning, turning, twist, twist, twist, twist, wrench, wrick

Antonyms: unbend

See also: acetify | bat | bight | change shape | close | convolve | cool off | curve | die | direct | dissolve | divagation | fall | fit out | fligh high | gnarl | reversal | rotation | ruff | sheer | slim | sorb | top | top of the inning | turn to |

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Let's analyse "turn" as pure text. This string has Four letters in One syllable and One vowel. 25% of vowels is 13.6% less then average English word. Written in backwards: NRUT. Average typing speed for these characters is 1000 milliseconds. [info]

Morse code: - ..- .-. -.


Hearts desire number calculated from vowels: turn: 3 = 3, reduced: 3 . and the final result is Three.
Destiny number calculated from all letters: turn: 2 + 3 + 9 + 5 = 19, reduced: 1, and the final result is One.

Tarot cards

Letter Num. Tarot c. Intensity Meaning
N (1) 14 Temperance Healer, Wise, Survivor, Crafty
R (1) 18 Moon Patient, Determined, Strong
T (1) 20 Judgement Unswerving, Steadfast, Demanding, Forceful
U (1) 21 World Gifted, Generous, Bountiful

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