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turn +‎ -ing



turning (plural turnings)

  1. (Britain) A turn or deviation from a straight course.
    • Take the second turning on the left.
  2. (field hockey) At hockey, a foul committed by a player attempting to hit the ball who interposes their body between the ball and an opposing player trying to do the same.
  3. The shaping of wood or metal on a lathe.
  4. The act of turning.
    • 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
      A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.
  5. (plural only) Shavings produced by turning something on a lathe.
    • The turnings get into your trouser turnups!

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  1. present participle of turn
    • The Earth is turning about its axis as we speak.
    • He made wooden soldiers by turning them on a hand lathe.


Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: wall · cry · step · #811: turning · village · quickly · lie