turning

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turn +‎ -ing

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Noun[edit]

turning (plural turnings)

  1. (UK) A turn or deviation from a straight course.
    • Take the second turning on the left.
  2. ​The shaping of wood or metal on a lathe.
  3. The act of turning.
    • 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, American Scientist, 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.
  4. (plural only) Shavings produced by turning something on a lathe.
    • The turnings get into your trouser turnups!

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Verb[edit]

turning

  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.

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