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Meaning of turn

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  turn
      n 1: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a
           crook in the path" [syn: {bend}, {crook}, {twist}, {turn}]
      2: the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course;
         "he took a turn to the right" [syn: {turn}, {turning}]
      3: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed
         succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" [syn:
         {turn}, {play}]
      4: an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward
         turn" [syn: {turn}, {turn of events}, {twist}]
      5: a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"
         [syn: {turning}, {turn}]
      6: the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; "he
         made an abrupt turn away from her"
      7: turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of
         his head he surveyed the room" [syn: {twist}, {turn}]
      8: a time for working (after which you will be relieved by
         someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: {go},
         {spell}, {tour}, {turn}]
      9: (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
         [syn: {turn}, {bout}, {round}]
      10: a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer
          program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she
          had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best
          numbers he ever did" [syn: {act}, {routine}, {number},
          {turn}, {bit}]
      11: a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn" [syn: {turn},
          {good turn}]
      12: taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the
          park"
      v 1: change orientation or direction, also in the abstract
           sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled
           before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and
           learned to listen to others' needs"
      2: undergo a transformation or a change of position or action;
         "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned
         against the President when he stole the election" [syn:
         {change state}, {turn}]
      3: undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice";
         "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned
         traitor" [syn: {become}, {turn}]
      4: cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm
         this way"
      5: change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides
         turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was
         revealed that the president had an affair with a White House
         intern" [syn: {change by reversal}, {turn}, {reverse}]
      6: pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around
         the obstacle" [syn: {turn}, {move around}]
      7: pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property
         or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew
         angry" [syn: {turn}, {grow}]
      8: let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the
         flour onto a plate" [syn: {turn}, {release}]
      9: move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"
      10: cause to move around a center so as to show another side of;
          "turn a page of a book" [syn: {turn}, {turn over}]
      11: to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate
          of the governor's mansion"
      12: to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer
          Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in
          the Spring" [syn: {plow}, {plough}, {turn}]
      13: shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel;
          "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
      14: change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
      15: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The
          wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their
          ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk
          for several days" [syn: {twist}, {sprain}, {wrench}, {turn},
          {wrick}, {rick}]
      16: cause to change or turn into something different;assume new
          characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince
          by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into
          gold"
      17: accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn
          cartwheels"
      18: get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit
          after a year"
      19: cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn
          your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your
          dance partner around"
      20: channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention
          toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys
          for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of
          a millennium"
      21: cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular
          form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the
          strong man could turn an iron bar" [syn: {flex}, {bend},
          {deform}, {twist}, {turn}] [ant: {unbend}]
      22: alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10";
          "turn the heat down"
      23: direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned
          their flashlights on the car"
      24: have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or
          information to; "She called on her Representative to help
          her"; "She turned to her relatives for help" [syn: {call
          on}, {turn}]
      25: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked";
          "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" [syn:
          {sour}, {turn}, {ferment}, {work}]
      26: become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this
          year"


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