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turn·er 1 (tûrnər)
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n.
One that turns, especially a person who operates a lathe or similar device.

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turn·er 2 (tûrnər)
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n.
A gymnast or tumbler, especially a member of a turnverein.

[German, from turnen, to do gymnastics, from Old High German turnēn, to turn, from Latin tornāre, to turn in a lathe; see TURN.]

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Turner, Nat 1800-1831.
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American slave leader who led a slave rebellion in Virginia during which about 50 whites were killed (1831). He was later captured and executed.

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Turner, Joseph Vernon Known as "Big Joe." 1911-1985.
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American jazz and blues singer. Noted for a singing style which resembles shouting, he contributed greatly to the development of rhythm and blues.

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Turner, Joseph Mallord William 1775-1851.
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British painter whose abstract treatment of light, color, and space influenced the French impressionists. His works include The Slave Ship (1840).

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Tur·ner (tûrnər), Frederick Jackson 1861-1932.
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American historian who emphasized the importance of the frontier in American history.

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