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turnaround

[turn-uh-round] /ˈtɜrn əˌraʊnd/
noun
1.
the total time consumed in the round trip of a ship, aircraft, vehicle, etc.
2.
3.
change of allegiance, opinion, mood, policy, etc.
4.
a place or area having sufficient room for a vehicle to turn around.
5.
the time required between receiving and finishing or processing work or materials.
6.
Commerce.
  1. a reversal, as in business sales, especially from loss to profit.
  2. the time between the making of an investment and receiving a return.
7.
Aviation. the elapsed time between an aircraft's arrival at an airfield terminal and its departure.
Origin of turnaround
1925-1930
1925-30; noun use of verb phrase turn around
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  • Only Hunter and his faded seat companion got out at the turnaround terminal and took the slideway to center-city.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • The turnaround in Milosevic's position was too sudden and Russia's support has always been more moral than military.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for turnaround

turnaround

/ˈtɜːnəˌraʊnd/
noun
1.
  1. the act or process in which a ship, aircraft, etc, unloads passengers and freight at the end of a trip and reloads for the next trip
  2. the time taken for this
2.
the total time taken by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle in a round trip
3.
a complete reversal of a situation or set of circumstances
Also called turnround
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Word Origin and History for turnaround
n.

1936, from verbal phrase turn around "reverse," 1880, American English.

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