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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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 While these lawyers frequently faced intimidation and harassment from the authorities, the roundup in 2015 marked a severe turning point, displaying Xi’s determination to crush any potential challenges to his authority. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years," 28 Jan. 2019 But for modern politics, the turning point seems to have been Arthur Miller’s 1953 play The Crucible. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Trump’s favorite slander against Robert Mueller’s investigation has a very long history.," 26 Jan. 2019 The statement was the turning point in public perception, portraying Sandmann not as an antagonist but as a young person hoping to diffuse a tense situation with adults. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Behind the PR Machine That Helped Change the Nick Sandmann Narrative," 25 Jan. 2019 Producers asked behavioral scientists to help identify animal communities facing a turning point, then embedded film crews with those clans to document it. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘Dynasties’ Focuses on the Family Drama of Lions and Penguins," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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