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[haf-turn, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌtɜrn, ˈhɑf-/
a 180-degree turn; a direct reversal of direction or orientation, as from front to back or left to right. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I should add that they were very incomplete,—a quarter of a turn, or a half-turn at most.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
  • The half-turn of the staircase cut off the view of the lobby.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Demi-volt, dem′i-volt, n. a half-turn of a horse, the forelegs being raised in the air.

  • I then gave the screw a half-turn more, and told him to walk and run.

    A Chosen Few Frank R. Stockton
  • For the team of four horses ought not to move on the surface of the relief, but to appear as if it came out of it in a half-turn.

    Troy and its Remains Henry (Heinrich) Schliemann
  • (Mrs. Pratt had made a half-turn towards the hammock and the copper beech).

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • With a half-turn in his saddle and a glance at the line of trees on his flank, General Custer took in the situation.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • Again and again he stooped, caught her hind-legs and flung her up into the half-turn.

  • In this manner both continue two steps, crossing one foot over the other and then execute a half-turn in the same direction.

    The Fascinating Boston Alfonso Josephs Sheafe
  • With a half-turn of the wheel the Toad sent the car crashing through the low hedge that ran along the roadside.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

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