What does u-turn mean?

Definitions for u-turnˈyuˌtɜrn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. u-turn(noun)

    complete reversal of direction of travel


  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.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of u-turn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of u-turn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Wooden:

    Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

  2. Sam Ewig:

    Hard work spotlights the character of people some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

  3. Kevin R. Hutson:

    Naturally intelligent people are like lumps of coal. Eventually, we turn into diamonds, And the people we once envied, turn into coal.

  4. Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone:

    Whatever drivers want to turn up can turn up, whatever teams want to turn up can turn up. It will be the president of Pirelli who is there, not a messenger.

  5. Andrew Marr:

    Constantly agitated, finding myself irritable and that would turn into a burning rage, which was very uncomfortable to deal with, especially when you don’t want to be feeling like that and you try to turn it off and it won’t turn off.

Images & Illustrations of u-turn

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