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upturned

[uhp-turnd, uhp-turnd] /ʌpˈtɜrnd, ˈʌpˌtɜrnd/
adjective
1.
turned or directed upward:
upturned eyes.
2.
turned over; upside down:
an upturned canoe.
3.
having a turned-up end:
an upturned nose.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; up- + turn + -ed2

upturn

[v. uhp-turn, uhp-turn; n. uhp-turn] /v. ʌpˈtɜrn, ˈʌpˌtɜrn; n. ˈʌpˌtɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to turn up or over:
The farmer upturned clumps of sod with his spade.
2.
to cause disorder; upheave:
The storm upturned the town.
3.
to direct or turn upward:
She upturned her face toward heaven and prayed.
verb (used without object)
4.
to turn up or upward:
Her eyes upturned to see his face.
noun
5.
chaos or extreme disorder, as in society; an upheaval.
6.
an upward turn, or a changing and rising movement, as in prices or business.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English: to overturn; see up-, turn
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Examples from the web for upturned
  • However, the animals are easy to find in a rainstorm, since their upturned noses catch water and cause them to sneeze.
  • Expect to see lots of people walking around with upturned faces and wide-open eyes.
  • Each time the scenario writer figures on the screen the number of upturned cigarette ends has increased.
  • She has full lips, long lashes, and a slightly upturned nose.
  • Her soft red fur clings damply to her body and a few droplets of water trickle from her cutely upturned pink nose.
  • Every boat too was covered with sleeping bodies and upturned faces, and the rocks of every island.
  • So be sure to delicately place a grain of salt on top of my upturned thumb.
  • The brain's model of the sky is a shallow upturned bowl, with the zenith much closer than the parts of the sky near the horizon.
  • The human brain models the sky as a shallow upturned bowl.
  • The erect shoots are upturned extensions of horizontal rhizomes.
British Dictionary definitions for upturned

upturn

verb (ʌpˈtɜːn)
1.
to turn or cause to turn up, over, or upside down
2.
(transitive) to create disorder
3.
(transitive) to direct upwards
noun (ˈʌpˌtɜːn)
4.
an upward turn, trend, or improvement
5.
an upheaval or commotion
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Word Origin and History for upturned

upturn

n.

1868, "upturned part," from up + turn. Meaning "improvement" (especially in economics) is from 1930.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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