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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. turn; contour; figure
  • n. Any device used by women to expand the skirt of a dress below the waist; a bustle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Turn; contour; figure.
  • n. Any device used by women to expand the skirt of a dress below the waist; a bustle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Turn; contour; figure; shape.
  • n. A pad or more elastic structure worn tied round the waist by women, in order to give the hips an agreeably rounded outline; hence, the whole back drapery of a gown; sometimes, incorrectly, a bustle.


French, from tourner to turn. (Wiktionary)



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  • It's quite a difficult novel to read and I'm not sure if I will read more by Spackman. He has a special talent for dialogue, reproducing all the filler, dislocations and verbal tics of real speech - sort of like Don DeLillo but Spackman's characters have an extra layer of fanciness in their vocabulary. He is fun to read, just not that engaging; not at all gripping. Something to read four or five pages at a time perhaps.

    January 3, 2012

  • Very nice, yarb. Thanks for this word. I'm tempted to read this book, one which you've mentioned before here.

    January 2, 2012

  • "He at once replied that while he couldn't say he recalled all this in, uh, quite such unerring detail, still, if a lifetime's delight in the mere look, the mere tournure, of women, in the posed and lovely portraits they always somehow made him half-think they were-"

    - W.M. Spackman, An Armful of Warm Girl

    January 2, 2012