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turn

(tŭrn),
To revolve or cause to revolve; specifically, to change the position of the fetus within the uterus to convert a malpresentation into a presentation permitting normal delivery.
[A.S. tyrnan]
Obstetrics Version; the rotation of a foetus for vaginal delivery
Public health The abrupt change in a domesticated animal’s behaviour, from docile to aggressive, resulting in attacks on humans, which may be fatal; turning is most common in pitbull terrriers and rottweilers, which together cause the bulk of dog bite-related fatalities in the US
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes zero does not turn up for two hundred rounds in succession.
But the proposition had been to do two turns, and her native pluck forced her to live up to it.
If, in two minutes, mademoiselle, you have not turned the scorpion, I shall turn the grasshopper.
Near the door I saw the gleam of an electric switch, but it was unnecessary, even if it had been safe, to turn it on.
Connaissez-vous le Proverbe:* 'Jerome, Jerome, do not roam, but turn spindles at home
Behind him that morning another white man pondered something he had heard during the night and very nearly did he give up his project and turn back upon his trail.
At the next turn they came in sight of the gate, where, beneath several flares, they saw a group of at least twenty warriors prepared to seize them, while from the opposite direction the roars of the pursuing lions sounded close upon them, mingling with the screams of numerous parrots which now circled about their heads.
There was none in sight within and so he stepped cautiously around the second turn the more effectually to be hidden from the street.
As soon as you turn off you'll see some bushes, and opposite them there is a way-mark--a large oak, one with branches--and that's the way.
At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply?
On coming there, he would see on his left, Monsieur Stangerson; he would turn to the right, towards the 'off-turning' gallery--the way he had pre-arranged for flight, where, at the intersection of the two galleries, he would see at once, as I have explained, on his left, Frederic Larsan at the end of the 'off-turning' gallery, and in front, Daddy Jacques, at the end of the 'right' gallery.
With a run and a skilful turn, Pollyanna skipped by the bent old man, threaded her way between the orderly rows of green growing things, and--a little out of breath--reached the path that ran through the open field.