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Dictionary Definition



1 time need to prepare a vessel or ship for a return trip [syn: turnaround time]
2 a decision to reverse an earlier decision [syn: reversal, change of mind, flip-flop, turnabout]
3 an area sufficiently large for a vehicle to turn around
4 act or process of unloading and loading and servicing a vessel or aircraft for a return trip [syn: turnround]
5 turning in the opposite direction [syn: reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of turning to face in the other direction.
  2. A reversal of policy.
  3. The time required to carry out a task.
    They tried to reduce their turnaround on incoming paperwork.
  4. A cadence linking the end of a verse to the beginning of the next.
  5. The notation for the addition of a grace note above then below a given note.


U-turn (1, 2)

See also

turn, turnover

Usage notes

Extensive Definition

The term Turnaround may mean:
  • Turnaround (road), a civil engineering term for a type of junction which enables traffic heading in one direction to efficiently turn around and head in the opposite direction. It is sometimes used as a synonym for cul-de-sac. The term can also refer to the maneuver of reversing a vehicle's direction (including maneuvers which require backing up, such as the three point turnaround).
  • Turnaround (music), in jazz or blues, a term referring to a passage at the end of a section which leads to the next section.
  • Turnaround (film industry term), the process in film production where the rights to a project one studio has developed are sold to another studio in exchange for the cost of development. Often used as jargon meaning the death of a project.
  • Turnaround (refining), a term meaning a scheduled large-scale maintenance activity wherein an entire process unit is taken offstream for an extended period for comprehensive revamp and renewal. This operation involves a lot of preparation, and many precautions are taken because this is a dangerous operation (especially at startup).
  • Turnaround (book), an account of the turnaround of the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, by Mitt Romney (released in 2007).
  • Turnaround (Stan Rogers album), released in 1978
  • Turnaround (Westlife album), released in 2003
  • "Turnaround," a song by Alan Green, Harry Belafonte, and Malvina Reynolds
  • "Turnaround", a song by Devo, originally released as a B-Side of their single "Whip It".
  • Turnaround, a play by Roger Kumble, the third in his Pay or Play trilogy, about the dark side of the entertainment industry
Turnaround may also mean:
  • An electronics term for the action of switching an I/O port between a high-impedance input state and an active output state.
  • In logistics, turnaround time is the time between the placement of an order and its delivery.
  • In terms of postal delivery, a turnaround occurs when a letter or package is delivered to the wrong post office, and must be resent by said post office in order to arrive to the correct one.

See also

turnaround in German: Turnaround

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about-face, about-turn, afterthoughts, back track, back trail, backing, backing off, backing out, backing up, backup, better thoughts, change of mind, flip, flip-flop, mature judgment, reversal, reverse, reversing, reversion, right-about, right-about-face, second thoughts, swingaround, tergiversating, tergiversation, turnabout, volte-face
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