- v. intransitive To revolve or rotate around a centre.
- v. intransitive To turn so as to be facing in the opposite direction.
- v. intransitive To change one's opinion or attitude (especially when becoming hostile etc.).
- v. transitive, archaic To make revolve, rotate.
- v. transitive To put into an opposing position; to reverse.
- v. transitive To make (a ship, airplane etc.) ready for departure.
- v. transitive, colloquial To process; to complete work on (something), especially with a view to sending it on in a finished state.
“And truly, so the King told me, Lord Geoffrey protected him from the Saracens just as a good servant protects his master's cup from flies; for whenever the Saracens tried to get near him, Lord Geoffrey would take his sword, which he had placed between himself and the saddle-bow, and put it under his arm, and turn round and make a dash at them, and drive them away from the King.”
“He will perhaps turn round by and by, and in the meantime we can look at that stately old lady, his mother, a beautiful aged brunette, whose rich-toned complexion is well set off by the complex wrappings of pure white cambric and lace about her head and neck.”
“He was then going back, when a faint laugh from the neighbour of Camilla detained him; 'Look, I adjure you,' cried he, addressing her, 'if there's not that delightful creature again, with his bran-new clothes? and they sit upon him so tight, he can't turn round his vastly droll figure, except like a puppet with one jerk for the whole body.”
“– I recommend that you go out upon the grass-plot before the door and turn round two or three times.”
“And when the momentous day arrived, and the little sister and I stood up to be arrayed, it was Frieda herself who patted and smoothed my stiff new calico; who made me turn round and round, to see that I was perfect; who stooped to pull out a disfiguring basting-thread.”
“After Tess had settled down to her cow there was for a time no talk in the barton, and not a sound interfered with the purr of the milk-jets into the numerous pails, except a momentary exclamation to one or other of the beasts requesting her to turn round or stand still.”
“I tried to hurry Helen out-of-doors, but she kept her arm extended, and every coat-tail she touched must needs turn round and give an account of the children he left at home, and receive kisses according to their number.”
“He went into a café in the Rue Lepic, and then down again to the Place Blanche, where he took a turn round the same two restaurants.”
“The other rooms my sister fills with gimcracks, till I cannot turn round there without fear of breaking something, Now my old folios and octavos have tried a fall many a time – and many a one has tried a fall with them – ha! ha!”
“Dogs, when they wish to go to sleep on a carpet or other hard surface, generally turn round and round and scratch the ground with their fore-paws in a senseless manner, as if they intended to trample down the grass and scoop out a hollow, as no doubt their wild parents did, when they lived on open grassy plains or in the woods.”
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