turn·​ing ˈtər-niŋ How to pronounce turning (audio)
: the act or course of one that turns
: a place of a change in direction
: a forming by use of a lathe
broadly : turnery
turnings plural : waste produced in turning

Examples of turning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, their children, councillors and allies all seem hungry for war—and ensure there’s no turning back. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 13 June 2024 As for the vaccines, the Dutch authors seemed to conjecture that vaccination happened as if with the turning of a switch in January 2021. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 There is no turning back the clock to a time when Turkey was firmly a part of the transatlantic fold. Asli Aydintasbas, Foreign Affairs, 6 June 2024 But now there is no turning back the tide: many thousands of human lncRNAs have been reported, and Mattick suspects the real number is greater than 500,000. Philip Ball, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for turning 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of turning was in the 14th century

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“Turning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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