the act of turning off
If you make a U-turn when you are driving or cycling, you turn in a half circle in one movement, so that you are then going in the opposite direction.
You use in turn to refer to actions or events that are in a sequence one after the other, for example because one causes the other.
When you turn in, you go to bed.
When you turn on a piece of equipment or a supply of something, you cause heat, sound, or water to be produced by adjusting the controls.
to set about a task
If you say that someone or something turns up, you mean that they arrive, often unexpectedly or after you have been waiting a long time.
a helpful and friendly act; good deed ; favour
a right turn made from the left-hand lane of a dual carriageway
a standing turn performed by swivelling each ski separately through 180°
The star turn of a performance or show is the main item, or the one that is considered to be the most interesting or exciting.
a turn in which the heel of one ski is stemmed and the other ski is brought parallel
the fourth community card to be dealt face-up in a round of Texas hold ’ em
If you turn someone away, you do not allow them to enter your country, home, or other place.
If you turn back or if someone turns you back when you are going somewhere, you change direction and go towards where you started from.
If you turn down a person or their request or offer, you refuse their request or offer.
If you turn off the road or path you are going along, you start going along a different road or path which leads away from it.
If something turns out a particular way, it happens in that way or has the result or degree of success indicated .
If you turn something over, or if it turns over, it is moved so that the top part is now facing downwards .
If you turn tail, you turn and run away.
An about-turn is the same as an → about-face .
a unit of magnetomotive force ; the magnetomotive force produced by a current of 1 ampere passing through one complete turn of a coil . 1 ampere-turn is equivalent to 4π/10 or 1.257 gilberts
one complete turn, as of a rope, around something
to a turn:
to the proper amount; perfectly
If you turn something around, or if it turns around, it is moved so that it faces the opposite direction .
a low bridge that can be rotated about a vertical axis, esp to permit the passage of ships
to be so beautiful, unusual, or impressive that people are attracted to you and cannot help looking at you or paying attention to you
A car's turn signals are the flashing lights that tell you it is going to turn left or right .
If a boat turns turtle, it turns upside down when it is in the water.
the principle of awarding an appointment to members of a group in turn, rather than according to merit
(in figure skating ) a one-foot turn
a period of work or duty, esp among railway workers, which involves sleeping away from home
a turn, executed by shifting one's weight, in which the skis stay parallel
a turn of 90°
a manoeuvre which makes a vehicle move backwards and to the left or right
a turn made by someone on roller or ice skates
If you turn against someone or something, or if you are turned against them, you stop supporting them, trusting them, or liking them.
an act in a variety show
a good turn:
If you do someone a good turn, you do something that helps or benefits them.
a turn sharply reversing the direction of a vehicle by speedily applying the handbrake while turning the steering wheel
an aircraft manoeuvre used to gain height while reversing the direction of flight . It consists of a half loop followed by a half roll
on the turn:
at the point of change
out of turn:
not in the correct or agreed order of succession
turn a trick:
(of a prostitute ) to gain a customer
turn of mind:
If someone is of a particular turn of mind, they have that kind of mind or character.
turn over to:
If you turn something over to a different function or use, you change its function or use.
a hand's turn:
a small amount of work
at every turn:
If you say that something happens at every turn, you are emphasizing that it happens frequently or all the time, usually so that it prevents you from achieving what you want .
call the turn:
to predict successfully