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[turn-uh-round] /ˈtɜrn əˌraʊnd/
the total time consumed in the round trip of a ship, aircraft, vehicle, etc.
change of allegiance, opinion, mood, policy, etc.
a place or area having sufficient room for a vehicle to turn around.
the time required between receiving and finishing or processing work or materials.
  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.
Aviation. the elapsed time between an aircraft's arrival at an airfield terminal and its departure.
Origin of turnaround
1925-30; noun use of verb phrase turn around Unabridged
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Examples from the web for turnaround
  • The steps already taken amount to a stunning political turnaround.
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  • In the age-old cultural ebb and flow between city and country, the city has made a remarkable turnaround.
  • If so, that will be quite a turnaround for a promising but beleaguered technology.
  • As for the turnaround in oil revenues, sure they have shopping malls and air conditioning.
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  • They were not impressed when the government completed the economic turnaround begun by its predecessor.
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  • If they can keep to it, it would be a remarkable turnaround.
  • First, the turnaround in central city population dynamics over the past decade is quite dramatic.
British Dictionary definitions for turnaround


  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
the total time taken by a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle in a round trip
a complete reversal of a situation or set of circumstances
Also called turnround
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Word Origin and History for turnaround

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

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