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[turn-out] /ˈtɜrnˌaʊt/
the gathering of persons who come to an exhibition, party, spectacle, or the like:
They had a large turnout at the meeting.
quantity of production; output.
an act of turning out.
the manner or style in which a person or thing is equipped, dressed, etc.
equipment; outfit.
a short side track, space, spur, etc., that enables trains, automobiles, etc., to pass one another or park.
Ballet. the turning out of the legs from the hips, with the feet back to back or heel to heel.
Railroads. a track structure composed of a switch, a frog, and closure rails, permitting a train to leave a given track for a branching or parallel track.
Compare crossover (def 6).
Origin of turnout
1680-90; noun use of verb phrase turn out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for turnout
  • Open primaries may not encourage higher turnout, but there are other significant effects of the different types on the electorate.
  • He thought a high turnout in the open primary would favor him.
  • He acknowledged that turnout was low and said his campaign had anticipated a slightly larger number of votes.
  • Seen from this perspective, the oft-cited metric of low to no turnout of identifiable demonstrators is beside the point.
  • Estimates of the turnout varied, from one million to three.
  • The pilot of the course had overwhelming turnout from graduate students and post-docs.
  • turnout at both the judicial and recall elections this year was far above the usual level.
  • The process was marred by violence, intimidation, a low turnout and widespread fraud.
  • Party membership and election turnout are both declining.
  • He also notes that such influence is more decisive in local campaigns, where turnout is low, than in national ones.
British Dictionary definitions for turnout

turn out

verb (adverb)
(transitive) to cause (something, esp a light) to cease operating by or as if by turning a knob, etc
(transitive) to produce by an effort or process: she turned out 50 units per hour
(transitive) to dismiss, discharge, or expel: the family had been turned out of their home
(transitive) to empty the contents of, esp in order to clean, tidy, or rearrange: to turn out one's pockets
  1. to prove to be: her work turned out to be badly done
  2. to end up; result: it all turned out well
(transitive) to fit as with clothes: that woman turns her children out well
(intransitive) to assemble or gather: a crowd turned out for the fair
(of a soldier) to parade or to call (a soldier) to parade
(intransitive) (informal) to get out of bed
(informal) (intransitive) foll by for. to make an appearance, esp in a sporting competition: he was asked to turn out for Liverpool
the body of people appearing together at a gathering
the quantity or amount produced
an array of clothing or equipment
the manner in which a person or thing is arrayed or equipped
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Word Origin and History for turnout

"audience," 1816, from the verbal phrase; see turn (v.) + out (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for turnout

turn on a dime

verb phrase

To be able to turn around in a very short radius: That car corners very sweetly, and turns on a dime (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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