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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Post’s recently published guidebook, Higher Etiquette, reflects this national turning point. Luke Winkie, Vox, "How to politely smoke weed," 2 Aug. 2019 But there’s one film Neroni highlights as a turning point for depictions of violent women onscreen: 1991’s Thelma and Louise, directed by Ridley Scott with an Oscar-winning script by Callie Khouri. Suyin Haynes, Time, "How Much Violence Against Women Is Too Much to Depict Onscreen? The Nightingale Offers One Answer," 2 Aug. 2019 The turning point of the offense’s season came in Happy Valley. Max Meyer, SI.com, "College Football Win Totals: Best Bets in the Big Ten," 2 Aug. 2019 However, Brundish believes that injuries to some of the best players in the world could be the turning point in securing the long-term health of footballers. Ben Church, CNN, "World's best soccer stars are playing too much, says players' union," 2 Aug. 2019 The turning point for the company was the Time Warner Center, the renovation of Columbus Circle in Manhattan into a mixed-use complex consisting of high-end office spaces, luxury residential living, and extravagant dining and retail. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the megadevelopment era shapes cities today," 30 July 2019 The campaign marked a major turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II. Benjamin Jensen, The Conversation, "A World War II battle holds key lessons for modern warfare," 25 July 2019 Crow said that the Woodstock '94 festival five years prior was a turning point in her career. Georgia Slater, USA TODAY, "Sheryl Crow recalls Woodstock '99 was the 'single worst gig,' 20 years later," 24 July 2019 Several Giants regulars cite Dickerson’s arrival as a key turning point for the offense, but the power-hitting outfielder gives the pitching staff just as much credit for the team’s turnaround. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "If Giants’ front office is convinced by team’s success, Zaidi can’t trade Bumgarner," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of turning

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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