What does Turning mean?

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ˈtɜr nɪŋTurn·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turn, turningnoun

    the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

    "he took a turn to the right"

  2. turningnoun

    act of changing in practice or custom

    "the law took many turnings over the years"

  3. turningnoun

    a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe

  4. turning, turnnoun

    a movement in a new direction

    "the turning of the wind"

  5. turningnoun

    the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe

  6. turningnoun

    the activity of shaping something on a lathe


  1. turningnoun

    A turn or deviation from a straight course.

  2. turningnoun

    A shaping of wood or metal on a lathe.

  3. turningnoun

    Shavings produced by turning something on a lathe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turning

    of Turn

  2. Turningnoun

    the act of one who, or that which, turns; also, a winding; a bending course; a fiexure; a meander

  3. Turningnoun

    the place of a turn; an angle or corner, as of a road

  4. Turningnoun

    deviation from the way or proper course

  5. Turningnoun

    turnery, or the shaping of solid substances into various by means of a lathe and cutting tools

  6. Turningnoun

    the pieces, or chips, detached in the process of turning from the material turned

  7. Turningnoun

    a maneuver by which an enemy or a position is turned


  1. Turning

    Turning is a machining process in which a cutting tool, typically a non-rotary tool bit, describes a helical toolpath by moving more or less linearly while the workpiece rotates. The tool's axes of movement may be literally a straight line, or they may be along some set of curves or angles, but they are essentially linear. Usually the term "turning" is reserved for the generation of external surfaces by this cutting action, whereas this same essential cutting action when applied to internal surfaces is called "boring". Thus the phrase "turning and boring" categorizes the larger family of processes. The cutting of faces on the workpiece, whether with a turning or boring tool, is called "facing", and may be lumped into either category as a subset. Turning can be done manually, in a traditional form of lathe, which frequently requires continuous supervision by the operator, or by using an automated lathe which does not. Today the most common type of such automation is computer numerical control, better known as CNC.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. turning

    In tactics, a manœuvre by which an enemy or position is turned.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Turning' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1817

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Turning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1925

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Turning in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Turning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Turning in a Sentence

  1. Tony Perkins:

    What we are seeing is evangelicals who have been dormant in the political process that are turning out, it’s something we haven’t seen in a number of years.

  2. Atul Khare:

    That anyone serving under the U.N. flag should prey on the vulnerable is truly an abomination, we will never, never agree to protectors turning into predators.

  3. Ryan McEachron:

    At which point everybody on the freeway just started turning their vehicles around.

  4. Birthday:

    Success, good health and happiness are your potions this year. Turning a year older is a big deal and I’m glad I get to be by your side as you grow up, for the rest of your life. Thank you for being the cause of my good days and for helping me get through my worst.

  5. W. B. Yeats, the second coming:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The falcone cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
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