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 pickup driver, who was behind the turning car, drove onto the wrong side of the roadway and pulled back into the southbound lane, striking the bicyclist. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Pickup driver attempting to pass car kills bicyclist in north Harris County, police say," 22 June 2020 There's science behind getting everything to fit properly while also ensuring nothing rubs during full-lock turning maneuvers around large rocks or abandoned shopping carts. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "The Wildest Truck Accessories That Drive Us Nuts," 20 June 2020 Though those events and what is happening across the U.S. now differ in many ways, both appeared to present crucial turning points, in which each country’s population called for deep change. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The ‘Absurd’ New Reality of Reporting From the U.S.," 19 June 2020 The words are haunting and stomach turning: the sounds of a man begging for his life, while the person ostensibly meant to protect and serve ignores his pleas for nearly nine minutes, ultimately killing him. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "What Black Mothers Want You To Know About George Floyd’s Death," 10 June 2020 The communicative strain’s advantage over the other could still be due to factors other than unknown communication abilities, such as a more advanced turning capability. Sophia Chen, Wired, "These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through a Really Tricky Maze," 9 June 2020 But as the city and nation continue to convulse with grief and rage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, some local leaders see another historic turning point in the long struggle for civil rights. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "Protests could be ‘watershed’ moment in civil rights," 7 June 2020 But Sunday was also the turning point where action turned violent. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Of marches and monuments: 5 days in Alabama," 3 June 2020 The next five months were a turning point, for Germany and Schönbeck. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "‘I have had, in my life, whole squadrons of guardian angels looking after me. There’s no other way.’," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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