from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The number of people gathered for a particular event or purpose; attendance: The peace march attracted a large turnout.
  • n. A number of things produced; output.
  • n. The act or an instance of turning out.
  • n. Chiefly British A labor strike.
  • n. Chiefly British A laborer on strike.
  • n. An array of equipment; an outfit.
  • n. An outfit of a carriage with its horse or horses; equipage.
  • n. A railroad siding.
  • n. A widening in a highway to allow vehicles to pass or park.
  • n. The rotation of a dancer's legs from the hip sockets in classical ballet.

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  • n. attendance; crowd
  • n. a place to pull off a road
  • n. a place where moveable rails allow a train to switch tracks; a set of points


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From turn + out.



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  • I planted and picked pineapples on the island of Lanai in Hawaii in 1975-1976. We met every morning at a place/gathering/equipment yard we called "turnout", where we clambered into the beds of huge farm trucks to be toted into the fields for the day's work. These same trucks were used to haul the picked fruit to the harbor to be sent to canneries on other islands. I still remember the sickly sweet smell of fermented pineapple... and love it.

    September 24, 2009

  • "But large turnouts were expected at lunchtime rallies at many of the system's 10 campuses, fueled by anger over pay cuts, rising student fees and reduced class offerings."

    - Larry Gordon, Protest planned for University of California system,, 24 Sep 2009.

    September 24, 2009