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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 of upturned
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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  • Then I peered down close into his upturned face and fierce eyes, and the truth flashed upon me at once.

    Mr. Marx's Secret E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She was almost startled at the sweet yet sad face that was upturned to her gaze.

    The Elm Tree Tales F. Irene Burge Smith
  • Hardly knowing why he did so, he laid his hands in hers and looked kindly down to her upturned face.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • The people were twisting and turning like worms on an upturned turf.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Finally Moeller climbed upon the upturned boat, where he lay listening to the shrieks of his companions.

  • The man was smiling gravely down into the bright, upturned face.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
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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