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- 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.
ready to use without further assembly
turnkey (plural turnkeys)
- (now archaic) A warder or jailer / gaoler; keeper of the keys in a prison.
- 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.
- EPC: "engineering, procurement and construction"