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 turning-point came not in the 1990s, but in the first decade of the 21st century, when the United States lost more than 5 million manufacturing jobs (about one-third of the 2000 total), and working-class wages fell by 10 percent. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Jonathan Lewis, 24, of the 1200 block of Park Avenue, Chicago Heights, was arrested and accused of leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield turning left after a June 5 crash in the 15900 block of Cicero Avenue, police said. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 At the ninth, scene of a turning-point par on Saturday, Spieth played a daring approach over the water to a front pin to within a foot of the cup for a birdie to pull even with Kokrak at 14-under. Dallas News, 31 May 2021 The sound of a doorknob turning, and the knowledge of what the first syllable of a voice will sound like as soon as the person takes the initial step into the room. Bob Greene, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2021 Some diplomats talk of living through a turning-point in Chinese foreign policy. Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Another explanation identifies the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, and the ensuing national protests, as the turning-point. The Economist, 27 Mar. 2021 The weekly procedural structure keeps the wheels of justice turning. Darren Franich, EW.com, 3 Mar. 2021 Long term, though, there may be potential to simply eliminate shear forces from turning and acceleration. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Turning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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