turn·​ing | \ ˈtər-niŋ How to pronounce turning (audio) \

Definition of turning

1 : the act or course of one that turns
2 : a place of a change in direction
3a : a forming by use of a lathe broadly : turnery
b turnings plural : waste produced in turning

Examples of turning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The release of McCarthy's vision for his caucus comes amid what strategists and lawmakers of both parties have suggested is a turning of the midterm tide away from what was expected to be a red tsunami earlier this year. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 23 Sep. 2022 One of the turning points in that battle occurred almost a year ago during a rally in Perry, Georgia. Geoff Duncan, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 The postscript here is that, as this legal affair works its way toward an inevitable settlement, the conclusion will in fact be one more turning of the page that moves CNN into a new chapter for the network. Andy Meek, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Her husband and daughter picked through the things that weren’t completely lost, but the smell of rot was stomach-turning. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 Texting is a turning into a hot way for scammers to entice harried consumers and catch them off guard. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2021 To many stylists, the Oscars ceremony is a symbolic turning of a corner in the pandemic. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 If the swift, stunning cancellation of last year’s tournament signaled to the country what the coronavirus was about to wreak, then this year’s tournaments might be the turning of a final page. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Combined, the exits by two of the greatest athletes in their sport’s history represent a significant turning of the page. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Oct 2022

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“Turning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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