What does u-turn mean?

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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

Examples of u-turn in a Sentence

  1. Merlin Mann:

    Take it and Turn it

  2. Sandra Lee:

    Life can turn on a dime.

  3. Arleen Weise:

    Every time I turn around.

  4. Timothy Leary:

    Turn on, tune in, drop out

  5. Robert H. Schuller:

    Turn your scars into stars

Images & Illustrations of u-turn

  1. u-turnu-turnu-turn

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