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  • To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement: turned the iron to a hotter setting.
  • To perform or accomplish by rotating or revolving: turn a somersault.
  • To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side: turn the steak; turn a page.
  • To spade or plow (soil) to bring the undersoil to the surface.
  • To reverse and resew the material of (a collar, for example).
  • To revolve in the mind; meditate on; ponder.
  • To give a rounded form to (wood, for example) by rotating against a cutting tool.
  • To give a rounded shape to (clay, for example) by rotating and shaping with the hands or tools.
  • To give a rounded form to: turn a heel in knitting a sock.
  • To give distinctive, artistic, or graceful form to: "They know precisely how to turn a dramatic line or phrase that is guaranteed to make the evening news” ( William Safire).
  • To change the position of by traversing an arc of a circle; pivot: turned his chair toward the speaker.
  • To present in a specified direction by rotating or pivoting: turn one's face to the wall.
  • To cause (a scale) to move up or down so as to register weight: Even a feather will turn a delicate scale.
  • To fold, bend, or twist (something).
  • To change the position or disposition of by folding, bending, or twisting: Turn the design right side up on your jacket buttons. Turn the hat inside out.
  • To make a bend or curve in: strong enough to turn a bar of steel.
  • To blunt or dull (the edge of a cutting instrument).
  • To injure by twisting: turn an ankle.
  • To upset or make nauseated: That story turns my stomach.
  • To change the direction or course of: turn the car to the left.
  • To divert or deflect: turn a stampede.
  • To reverse the course of; cause to retreat: "Then turn your forces from this paltry siege/And stir them up against a mightier task” ( Shakespeare).
  • To make a course around or about: turn a corner.