Definitions for u-turnˈyuˌtɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

U-turnˈyuˌtɜrn

  1. aU-shaped turn made by a vehicle so as to head in the opposite direction.

  2. a reversal of policy, tactics, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of U-turn:

1925–30

Princeton's WordNet

  1. u-turn(noun)

    complete reversal of direction of travel

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. U-turn(noun)ˈɪlətiz

    a turn when you are driving that takes you in the opposite direction

    He made a U-turn at the light.

Wiktionary

  1. U-turn(Noun)

    A turn in a vehicle carried out by driving in a semicircle in order to travel in the opposite direction.

  2. U-turn(Noun)

    A reversal of policy; a volte-face, a backflip

  3. Origin: :U + turn, from the similarity to the shape of the letter U.

Freebase

  1. U-turn

    A U-turn in driving refers to performing a 180 degree rotation to reverse the direction of travel. It is called a "U-turn" because the maneuver looks like the letter U. In some areas, the maneuver is illegal, while in others, it is treated as a more ordinary turn, merely extended. In still other areas, lanes are occasionally marked "U-turn permitted" or even "U-turn only." Occasionally, on a divided highway, special U-turn ramps exist to allow traffic to make a U-turn, though often their use is restricted to emergency and police vehicles only. In the United States, U-turn regulations vary by state: in Indiana U-turns are allowed as long as the driver follows all of the precautions normally ascribed to making a left turn. Many places, including Texas and Georgia, have specially designed U-turn lanes. In Michigan, U-turns are required for many left turns to and from divided highways, as part of the Michigan Left maneuver. It can also be used to mean a sudden reversal of policy in politics.

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