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 ).

1680–90; noun use of verb phrase turn out

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"audience," 1816, from turn + out.
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Example sentences
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.
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