the turn of the century

the turn of the century

At or near the end of one century and the beginning of another. At the turn of the 20th century, the introduction of factory electrification caused a huge boom in manufacturing. Scientists predict we won't see artificial intelligence that sophisticated until the turn of the century.
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turn of the century

the time when the year changes to one with two final zeros, such as from 1899 to 1900. (Although technically incorrect-a new century begins with the year ending in 01—most people ignore this.) My family moved to America at the turn of the century. My uncle was born before the turn of the last century.
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turn of the century

The beginning or end of a particular century, as in That idiom dates from the turn of the century, that is to say, about 1900. This expression was first recorded in 1926.
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the ˌturn of the ˈcentury/ˈyear

the time when a new century/year starts: He was born around the turn of the century.
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It is a delightful replica of a van that was used in London to make champagne deliveries at the turn of the century.
One set of grandparents came to the States at the turn of the century, and her mother immigrated during the 1950s.
By combining evidence from the 1891 census of England and Wales and the experience of friendly societies members in the years around 1891, Riley tackles the paradox of falling death rates and increasing sickness times which workingmen experienced after the turn of the century.
Du Bois's comments specifically apply to many black performers at the turn of the century.
Ringing in the turn of the century happens once in a lifetime.
Karl Tilman Winkler's contribution on American and German Juvenile Courts at the turn of the century, one of the more fully developed comparative articles, takes as a point of departure the use of American practice as a model by German reformers at a moment when the juvenile crime rate was rising dramatically in Germany.
The revived popularity of chintz, a fragile pottery from the turn of the century overlaid with colorful flowered fabric, will be one of the topics of Tuesday's tea.
These concerns tend to revolve mainly around questions of cultural control and recognition in African-American life at the turn of the century.
Microsoft will present the opening general session, "Computer Operations: The Challenges Of The Turn Of The Century," at AFCOM's 1999 Fall Conference in Las Vegas, Oct.
After the turn of the century, the basement was converted into ``cribs,'' a series of narrow rooms with windows open to the hallway where prostitutes lower on the brothel hierarchy worked, Baumler said.
Up through the turn of the century, morphine was a literal prescription for bourgeois femininity.
The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale of dinosaurs, action and adventure has been transformed into a spectacular two- hour movie, and the Fremantle distribution agreement triggers production of at least 20 one hour episodes of original action set at the turn of the century.
The animals carved by the Armitage and Herschell families around the turn of the century were in bad shape.
By the turn of the century, blacks with white masks and whites in blackface could be seen jostling each other merrily in Carnival street processions.
With new support for ASP on several 3rd party Web servers for Windows NT and Sun Solaris, the ASP Alliance is anticipating dramatic growth for the platform through the turn of the century.