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turning


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Turn  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Turning  \Turn"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  or  that  which  turns;  also  a  winding; 
  a  bending  course;  a  fiexure;  a  meander. 
 
  Through  paths  and  turnings  often  trod  by  day 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  The  place  of  a  turn;  an  angle  or  corner,  as  of  a  road. 
 
  It  is  preached  at  every  turning.  --Coleridge. 
 
  3.  Deviation  from  the  way  or  proper  course.  --Harmar. 
 
  4.  Turnery,  or  the  shaping  of  solid  substances  into  various 
  by  means  of  a  lathe  and  cutting  tools. 
 
  5.  pl  The  pieces,  or  chips,  detached  in  the  process  of 
  turning  from  the  material  turned. 
 
  6.  (Mil.)  A  maneuver  by  which  an  enemy  or  a  position  is 
  turned. 
 
  {Turning  and  boring  mill},  a  kind  of  lathe  having  a  vertical 
  spindle  and  horizontal  face  plate,  for  turning  and  boring 
  large  work 
 
  {Turning  bridge}.  See  the  Note  under  {Drawbridge}. 
 
  {Turning  engine},  an  engine  lathe. 
 
  {Turning  lathe},  a  lathe  used  by  turners  to  shape  their  work 
 
 
  {Turning  pair}.  See  the  Note  under  {Pair},  n. 
 
  {Turning  point},  the  point  upon  which  a  question  turns,  and 
  which  decides  a  case. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  turning 
  adj  :  turning  about  an  axis  [syn:  {revolving},  {rotating},  {wheeling}] 
  n  1:  the  act  of  changing  or  reversing  the  direction  of  the 
  course;  "he  took  a  turn  to  the  right"  [syn:  {turn}] 
  2:  act  of  changing  in  practice  or  custom:  "the  law  took  many 
  turnings  over  the  years" 
  3:  a  movement  in  a  new  direction;  "the  turning  of  the  wind" 
  [syn:  {turn}] 




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