What does Turtle mean?

Definitions for Turtle
ˈtɜr tlTur·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turtleneck, turtle, polo-necknoun

    a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar

  2. turtleverb

    any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming

  3. capsize, turtle, turn turtleverb

    overturn accidentally

    "Don't rock the boat or it will capsize!"

  4. turtleverb

    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Turtle, Turtledovenoun

    Etymology: turtle , Saxon; tortorelle, French; tortarella, Italian; turtur, Latin.

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmens clocks:
    When turtles tread. William Shakespeare, Love’s Lab. Lost.

    We’ll teach him to know turtles from jays. William Shakespeare.

    Take me an heifer and a turtle dove. Gen. xv. 9.

    Galen propos’d the blood of turtles dropt warm from their wings. Richard Wiseman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turtlenoun

    the turtledove

  2. Turtlenoun

    any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian

  3. Turtlenoun

    the curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press

Freebase

  1. Turtle

    Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. "Turtle" may either refer to the order as a whole, or to particular turtles which make up a form taxon that is not monophyletic. The order Chelonii or Testudines includes both extant and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 220 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes or crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered. Like all other extant reptiles, turtles are ectotherms—their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, because of their high metabolic rate, leatherback sea turtles have a body temperature that is noticeably higher than that of the surrounding water. Like other amniotes, they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turtle

    tur′tl, Turtle-dove, tur′tl-duv, n. a genus of Columbidæ, of graceful build, with small head and slender bill, long wings, and long rounded tail, flying swiftly and noiselessly, noted for their beauty of form and colour, their soft cooing, and their affection towards each other and their young. [A.S. turtle; Ger. turtel, Fr. tourtereau, tourterelle; all from the L. name turtur.]

  2. Turtle

    tur′tl, n. any tortoise, but esp. the edible Green Turtle, prized for the soup made from its flesh, chief glory of aldermanic banquets—Calipash is the part of the animal that belongs to the upper shield, a fatty, gelatinous substance of a dull-greenish colour; Calipee, the yellowish meat of the lower shield.—v.t. to pursue turtles.—ns. Tur′tleback, a turtle-shaped projection on the bows or stern of a ship for the purpose of keeping off heavy seas; Tur′tler, a hunter of turtles; Tur′tle-shell, tortoise-shell: a turtle-cowry; Tur′tle-soup, a soup the chief ingredient of which is turtle meat; Turt′ling, the catching of turtles.—Green turtle, a species of turtle which attains great size and is the source of real turtle-soup—its eggs also are much prized; Mock turtle, a soup made of calf's head in lieu of turtle meat; Turn turtle, to capsize, as a boat. [A corr. of tortoise, or of Sp. tortuga, or Port. tartaruga, a tortoise.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. turtle

    The well-known marine reptile described by early navigators as "reasonable toothsom meate." The horny covering of the shell of some species furnishes the substance commonly known as tortoise-shell.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Turtle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Turtle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Turtle in a Sentence

  1. J & A Foundation:

    A turtle with no legs tends not to go anywhere.

  2. Chris Graff:

    We know that there's manatees in the area, there's turtle nesting areas in the area, there's some bird activity in the area. All of these are concerns for us.

  3. Chip Fletcher:

    As we moved around the island this past July, every single step we had to be careful, because there was evidence of turtle nesting, but, thankfully, most of the eggs would have hatched and the hatchlings gone, by the time the hurricane hit.

  4. Marjorie Taylor:

    Now, we have President Joe Biden in the White House and Nancy Pelosi at 80 million years old as speaker, and we've got a Senate that we don't control anymore, with, you know, Mr. Big Turtle in charge up there just, just losing gracefully, losing gracefully.

  5. Frank Russo:

    We just found a package that contains GBL, which is a date rape drug, as you can see, the package includes sponges to make us think it's turtle wax car wash equipment.

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