from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To power down; to stop a device by switching it off.
  • v. To repulse, disgust, or discourage.
  • v. To leave a road; to exit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
  • v. cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
  • v. make a turn


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  • Near Bungay we turn off into the winding lanes of an estate, pass the hall and slip into the old wood, pulling in the truck down a brambled, grassy concrete road the Americans constructed during the war.


  • Felix raced to turn off the music, yet the crush of revelers made a short trip across the room a series of complicated dips, elbowings, and double-backs.

    The Madonnas of Echo Park

  • In Partial Panel flying, the instructor in the front seat could turn off the gyro horizon and directional gyro.

    First Man

  • They began this campaign of turning off the lights within humans eons ago and managed to turn off all but the central double-helix strand of DNA, allowing only the very basic-level coding that would let humans reproduce and function to remain.

    Surrender the Dark

  • They touched down at Kahului Airport on the northern shore of Maui, and as Bonnie was gathering her things and waiting for the seat belt sign to turn off so she could leap from her seat, it occurred to her that she had not felt so enthusiastic for anything in ages.

    The Aloha Quilt

  • To no avail, Scott commanded the target vehicle to turn off its attitude control system; he jiggled the target vehicle switches and cycled them on and off again; he energized and deenergized the entire Agena control panel.

    First Man

  • I remember, as a boy, how exotic the shops with Hebrew letters in the window seemed, and how the smells and names and sights of Shirley Avenue always made me feel as if that right turn off Bell Circle had transported me into a different world.

    The Italian Summer

  • We sat on the floor, light-headed and fighting spasms of hiccups, until we heard the Cadillac turn off the highway onto Dixie Fire Brick Road.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • But when the lights in the theater turn off and grainy black-and-white images appear on the screen, the men of the title do nothing but walk around in white shirts with smoking jackets and bow ties and speak in long, undecipherable harangues of American English.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • The first thing that Coyote Man did when he returned was to turn off the computer.

    The Best American Erotica 2006


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