turn·ing | \ˈtər-niŋ \

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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June marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, with spring turning into summer officially at 6:07 a.m. EST on June 21. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bright asteroid can be seen with the naked eye in June," 1 June 2018 Lloris’s save at 0-0, in particular, was a turning point in the match, much like his full-stretch dive when France had a 1-0 lead against Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Advances to the World Cup Final," 10 July 2018 What started as an ordinary day had turning into something extraordinary, though Kelly didn’t necessarily see it that way. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Maine East lefty Antoine Kelly embraces 'potential' after being drafted by San Diego Padres," 21 June 2018 There’s usually no turning back once a factory closure is announced. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Markey tries to intercede in Fall River plant closure," 1 May 2018 My prayer is that Good Friday will spur a true inner conversion, a turning of my heart and mind completely to the one who was bloodied, bullied and beaten. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018 Rain is expected Thursday night, and could turn into a wintry mix with snow late before likely turning into all-snow early Friday. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Snow in store for Philadelphia region Tuesday, possibility for more later this week," 30 Jan. 2018 There will be no turning of corners or uniting the country. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "What to Expect From Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Address," 30 Jan. 2018 As the parent of two young students, Angie Medina felt that February’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland was a turning point. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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