Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The culmination of the plot of a play. See the extract.
- n. A turn in the other direction; one of the turns of a zigzag.
- n. The critical moment in a drama, when, contrary to expectation, the action is embroiled in new difficulties.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The critical moment in a play, when, contrary to expectation, the action is embroiled in new difficulties.
- counter- + turn (Wiktionary)
“It was as if the two men were fighting a duel, waging a battle of turn and counterturn, all without speaking or even moving.”
“For, if the action be but one, and that plain, without any counterturn of design or episode, i.e. underplot, how can it be so pleasing as the English, which have both underplot and a turned design, which keeps the audience in expectation of the catastrophe? whereas in the Greek poets we see through the whole design at first.”
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