American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that turns, especially a person who operates a lathe or similar device.
- n. A gymnast or tumbler, especially a member of a turnverein.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which turns; specifically, one whose occupation involves work with a lathe.
- n. A small piece of fire-clay molded into the form of segment of a sphere, and serving as a pivotal support to a small circular disk which itself supports a watch-dial while in the enameling-furnace, during which time it must be constantly turned to subject the enamel to uniform conditions of heat.
- n. In seal-fishing: Same as turner-harp.
- n. Same as turner-hood.
- n. A tumbler; a gymnast; specifically [capitalized], a member of one of the gymnastic bodies (German Turnvereine) first instituted by F. L. Jahn about 1811, and especially in favor among Germans.
- n. A kind of tumbler-pigeon.
- n. A Scottish copper coin issued by James VI. and by later sovereigns, worth 2d. Scotch (about one third of a United States cent) at the time of issue. Compare bodle.
- n. A person who turns and shapes wood etc. on a lathe
- n. A kitchen utensil used for turning food.
- n. zoology A variety of pigeon; a tumbler.
- n. cricket a very dry pitch on which the ball will turn with ease
- n. sports A person who practices athletic or gymnastic exercises.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who turns; especially, one whose occupation is to form articles with a lathe.
- n. (Zoöl.) A variety of pigeon; a tumbler.
- n. A person who practices athletic or gymnastic exercises.
- n. United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831)
- n. a tumbler who is a member of a turnverein
- n. a lathe operator
- n. cooking utensil having a flat flexible part and a long handle; used for turning or serving food
- n. United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
- n. one of two persons who swing ropes for jumpers to skip over in the game of jump rope
- n. United States endocrinologist (1892-1970)
- n. English landscape painter whose treatment of light and color influenced the French impressionists (1775-1851)
- From German (Wiktionary)
- German, from turnen, to do gymnastics, from Old High German turnēn, to turn, from Latin tornāre, to turn in a lathe; see turn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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