turnkey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From turn + key.

Adjective[edit]

turnkey ‎(not comparable)

  1. ready to use without further assembly or test; supplied in a state that is ready to turn on and operate (typically refers to an assembly that is outsourced for manufacture)
    They wanted a turnkey solution for the entire system, but we could only provide the enclosure.
    • 1980, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 1980, Kathleen Bailey, When and why weapons; page 42
      Third World countries no longer want to purchase nuclear projects on a turn-key basis; they want to receive advanced technical training as well.

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Noun[edit]

turnkey ‎(plural turnkeys)

  1. (now archaic) A warder or jailer / gaoler; keeper of the keys in a prison.
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick papers
      ...they passed through an open door into a lobby, from which a heavy gate, opposite to that by which they had entered, and which was guarded by a stout turnkey with the key in his hand, led at once into the interior of the prison.

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Verb[edit]

turnkey ‎(third-person singular simple present turnkeys, present participle turnkeying, simple past and past participle turnkeyed)

  1. to supply a turnkey product; to supply something fully assembled and ready to use
    We can sell you all the parts, or we can turnkey the entire unit.

Related terms[edit]

  • EPC: "engineering, procurement and construction"