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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Turn \Turn\ (t[^u]rn), v. i.
1. To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve
entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so
as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a
wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man
turns on his heel.
The gate . . . on golden hinges turning. --Milton.
2. Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge;
to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact.
Conditions of peace certainly turn upon events of
3. To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to
If we repent seriously, submit contentedly, and
serve him faithfully, afflictions shall turn to our
4. To be deflected; to take a different direction or
tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently
applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road.
Turn from thy fierce wrath. --Ex. xxxii.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways. --Ezek.
The understanding turns inward on itself, and
reflects on its own operations. --Locke.
5. To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become
transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to
grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one
color turns to another; to turn Muslim.
I hope you have no intent to turn husband. --Shak.
Cygnets from gray turn white. --Bacon.
6. To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory
(a) To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc.
(b) To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain.
I'll look no more;
Lest my brain turn. --Shak.
(c) To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach.
(d) To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of
(e) To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; --
said of the tide.
(f) (Obstetrics) To bring down the feet of a child in the
womb, in order to facilitate delivery.
8. (Print.) To invert a type of the same thickness, as
temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.
To turn about, to face to another quarter; to turn around.
To turn again, to come back after going; to return. --Shak.
To turn against, to become unfriendly or hostile to.
To turn aside or To turn away.
(a) To turn from the direct course; to withdraw from a
company; to deviate.
(b) To depart; to remove.
(c) To avert one's face.
To turn back, to turn so as to go in an opposite direction;
to retrace one's steps.
To turn in.
(a) To bend inward.
(b) To enter for lodgings or entertainment.
(c) To go to bed. [Colloq.]
To turn into, to enter by making a turn; as, to turn into a
To turn off, to be diverted; to deviate from a course; as,
the road turns off to the left.
To turn on or To turn upon.
(a) To turn against; to confront in hostility or anger.
(b) To reply to or retort.
(c) To depend on; as, the result turns on one condition.
To turn out.
(a) To move from its place, as a bone.
(b) To bend or point outward; as, his toes turn out.
(c) To rise from bed. [Colloq.]
(d) To come abroad; to appear; as, not many turned out to
(e) To prove in the result; to issue; to result; as, the
crops turned out poorly.
To turn over, to turn from side to side; to roll; to
To turn round.
(a) To change position so as to face in another direction.
(b) To change one's opinion; to change from one view or
party to another.
To turn to, to apply one's self to; to have recourse to; to
refer to. "Helvicus's tables may be turned to on all
To turn to account, profit, advantage, or the like, to
be made profitable or advantageous; to become worth the
To turn under, to bend, or be folded, downward or under.
To turn up.
(a) To bend, or be doubled, upward.
(b) To appear; to come to light; to transpire; to occur;
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