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

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Will this new commission be the turning point in the battle against the dead? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Details About Arya Stark’s Mysterious New Weapon on Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 An American daring to take on the Europeans with his own jewelry vocabulary was a turning point. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "T&C Exclusive: The New Owner of an Iconic American Jewel is Revealed," 15 Apr. 2019 Extending his efforts to underrepresented designers could be a turning point in the fight for representation in fashion. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli on the Importance of Having a Voice in Fashion," 2 Apr. 2019 Could the 2020 presidential election mark a turning point? Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Where might voters support a Green New Deal? Seattle ranks high, new survey data show," 26 Mar. 2019 The Last Song role marked a turning point in the actor's career. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liam Hemsworth Almost Wasn't in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus," 15 Feb. 2019 But to many Christians, the holiday signifies a turning point for creation, in which Jesus sacrificed his own life to absolve humanity of their sins. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Good Friday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 13 Feb. 2019 Thursday’s results could mark a turning point for AstraZeneca. Denise Roland, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Turns a Corner After a Decade of Struggles," 14 Feb. 2019 After a whole year of keeping things on the down-low since meeting when Stone hosted SNL, this might be a turning point for the couple. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emma Stone and New Boyfriend Dave McCary Made a Rare Appearance at the SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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