One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is skilled in turning wood on a lathe.
- ‘The apprentice turners and fitters, although moved around, were kept pretty well to their trade.’
- ‘Alf left a job in Adelaide as a turner.’
- ‘To make the feet, the turner placed an offset chuck on the lathe and turned this part of the leg along a second axis.’
- ‘One brother works as a tailor and another is a turner.’
2An implement that can be used to turn or flip something over.‘a pancake turner’
Middle English: from Old French torneor, from late Latin tornator, from the verb tornare (see turn).
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