from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The keeper of the keys in a prison; a jailer.
- adj. Supplied, installed, or purchased in a condition ready for immediate use, occupation, or operation: a turnkey computer system; a turnkey housing project.
- adj. Of or relating to something supplied, installed, or purchased in this manner: a turnkey agreement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. ready to use without further assembly or test; supplied in a state that is ready to turn on and operate (typically refers to an assembly that is outsourced for manufacture)
- n. A warder or jailer / gaoler; keeper of the keys in a prison.
- v. to supply a turnkey product; to supply something fully assembled and ready to use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder.
- n. An instrument with a hinged claw, -- used for extracting teeth with a twist.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a building, complex device, system, or industrial installation which is sold by a contractor only after it is ready for immediate occupation or use; fully functional and ready for use; -- used of complex systems of a type which often require preparation or installation by the user before being capable of functioning as intended.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a prison warden.
- n. An instrument, now almost obsolete, used for extracting teeth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who guards prisoners
He promotes his services at dealer trade shows, selling what he calls a "turnkey" operation with contracts, software and insurance for used-car leasing.
INDEXED shirts = adventures in turnkey capitalism.
In my impatience I called the turnkey, who told me that, after questioning the clerk of the prison, she had gone away again.
Publishers can choose white label turnkey solutions or individually configured modules.
Many schools rely on so-called turnkey fund-raisers, such as Sally Foster, a gift and wrapping-paper outfit, that induce children to sell products in order to win prizes ranging from plastic straws to iPods.
"Get up," called the turnkey as the door swung open, the middle silhouette in the dim but stinging light.
The turnkey was a hulking, gnarled man who had served seven terms on the front, a lifetime soldier in the Federation Army.
Hubertz appeared to have ambitions beyond being an operator, too - offering white label turnkey poker operations when he said: "With our new powerful software capabilities, we will also be able to offer white label poker rooms to serious companies.
The warden then called a turnkey and ordered him to attend Miss Black to the condemned cell.
The readers of Mr. Micawber's history who remember David's first visit to the Marshalsea prison, and how upon seeing the turnkey he recalled the turnkey in the blanket in _Roderick Random_, will read with curious interest what follows, written as a personal experience of fact two or three years before the fiction had even entered into his thoughts: