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From the verb phrase turn around.


turnaround (countable and uncountable, plural turnarounds)

  1. The act of turning to face in the other direction.
    The basketball player made a turnaround jump shot
  2. A reversal of policy.
  3. The time required to carry out a task.
    They tried to reduce their turnaround on incoming paperwork.
  4. A turnabout; a reversal of circumstances.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Drogba's goal early in the second half - his fourth in this Wembley showpiece - proved decisive as the remarkable turnaround in Chelsea's fortunes under interim manager Roberto di Matteo was rewarded with silverware.
  5. (art) A series of sketches of a character as seen from different angles.
    • 2012, Bryan Tillman, Creative Character Design (page 134)
      Many media arts companies use turnarounds to ensure that when you draw the character you know what it looks like from the front, the side and the back.
  6. (music) A cadence linking the end of a verse to the beginning of the next.
  7. (music) The notation for the addition of a grace note above then below a given note.
  8. (US, historical) Synonym of goback
  9. The scheduled shutdown of an industrial plant, such as an oil rig, for maintenance and testing.
  10. (film) A contractual provision by which, if the studio elects to abandon a film project, the producer has a limited period in which to sell it elsewhere.
  11. (aviation, aerospace) Preparations for takeoff, such as loading and servicing.

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