American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various aquatic or terrestrial reptiles of the order Testudines (or Chelonia), having horny toothless jaws and a bony or leathery shell into which the head, limbs, and tail can be withdrawn in most species.
- n. Chiefly British A sea turtle.
- v. To hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation.
- v. Nautical To capsize.
- n. Archaic A turtledove.
- n. A turtleneck.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A turtle-dove.
- n. A tortoise; any chelonian or testudinate; any member of the Chelonia or Testudinata (see the technical names); especially, a marine tortoise, provided with flippers; absolutely, the green turtle, as Chelonia midas (see cut below), highly esteemed for soup. See cuts referred to under tortoise, also cuts under Aspidonectes, Eretmochelys, periotic, Pleurospondylia, slider, and stinkpot.
- n. The detachable segment of the cylinder of a rotary printing-machine which contains the types or plates to be printed: so called from its curved surface. In practice, the turtle is removed from the machine to the type-setting room. The types are made up on the curved surface, and firmly held in place by rebated column-rules, thicker at the top than at the bottom, and firmly grooved in the turtle. When the types have been locked up by screws on the turtle, they can be placed on the machine for printing without risk of falling out, or they can be molded in thin curved form by the papier-màché process, and the curved plate made therefrom can be used in printing. The stereotype method is preferred.
- n. (See also alligator-turtle, land turtle, mud-turtle, sea-turtle, snapping-turtle.)
- To pursue or capture turtles; make a practice or business of taking turtles.
- n. Any land or marine reptile of the order Testudines, characterised by a protective shell enclosing its body.
- n. Australia, UK A sea turtle.
- n. military An Ancient Roman attack method, where the shields held by the soldiers hide them, not only left, right, front and back, but also from above.
- n. computing A type of robot having a domed case (and so resembling the reptile), used in education, especially for making line drawings by means of a computer program.
- n. computing An on-screen cursor that serves the same function as a turtle for drawing.
- n. printing, historical The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
- v. To flip over onto the back or top; to turn upside down.
- v. To turn and swim upside down.
- v. To hunt turtles, especially in the water.
- v. video games To build up a large defense force and strike only punctually, rather than going for an offensive strategy.
- n. archaic A turtle dove.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The turtledove.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.
- n. (Printing) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
- v. hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
- n. any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
- n. a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
- v. overturn accidentally
- Ultimately from Latin turtur ("turtledove"), of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from French tortue, from Old French, from Medieval Latin *tortūca, perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin tortus, twisted, from the shape of its legs) of Vulgar Latin *tartarūca, feminine of *tartarūcus, of Tartarus, from Late Latin tartarūchus, from Late Greek tartaroukhos, occupying Tartarus : Tartaros, Tartarus + ekhein, to hold; see eunuch.Middle English, from Old English, from Latin turtur, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When I entered "Shark, dolphin, sea turtle" yesterday it returned a bogus phylogeny: [sea turtle+[shark+dolphin]].”
“The name is a compound of the word _Misril_, signifying great, and _Mackinac_ the Indian word for turtle, from a fancied resemblance of the island to a _great turtle_ lying upon the water.”
“And they loved that he did not pretty them up, or dumb them down: he wrote in their language, in which a turtle is a turkle, a loose girl is a chippy, and the glowing mist in the trees on the ridge is the willow-wisp, come to spirit them away.”
“Warned by the first slight rains, which they call turtle-rains (peje canepori*), they hasten to the banks of the Orinoco, and kill the turtles with poisoned arrows, whilst, with upraised heads and paws extended, the animals are warming themselves in the sun.”
“Warned by the first slight rains, which they call turtle-rains (peje canepori* (* In the Tamanac language, from peje, a tortoise, and canepo, rain.)), they hasten to the banks of the”
“The legendary giant snapping turtle is getting its own festival this week, in Churubusco, Indiana, for its 60th anniversary.”
“Well if someones grandma either naturally or artificially mated with the turtle from the never ending story = McConnell would probably be the result.”
“If you think an awkward turtle is an uncomfortable reptile, then you're probably not very obama.”
“The aggressively energetic Harris moonwalks his way around the stage, playing a tiny keyboard, twirling a pair of panties on his finger, yelling “panty party,” and showing off his presentation on the river cooter turtle from the fifth grade.”
“Now you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.”
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