Source: WordNet® 1.7.1, ©2002 Princeton University.
- the act of refusing an offer; "the turndown was polite but very firm."
Turndown has several other uses as a noun, according to numerous dictionary sources (such as Webster's post-1913 additions, and others) that can not be quoted verbatim here. To paraphrase, they include:
- the act of rejection (same meaning as the WordNet entry)
- someone or something that has been turned down or rejected
- something that is turned or folded down, such as a garment or bed linens
- a garment designed to be worn with the upper part folded down, like the collar
- a downturn (I believe this usage has a slightly different shade of meaning, but there you go)
- having the capability of being, or intended to be folded or turned down: a turndown collar
- possessing the ability to be turned down or reduced (with regard to electricity); for example, an incandescent light fixture with a dial that varies available voltage: a turndown lamp
This word is also used in turndown service
, a term that applies to the hospitality
industry. It describes the act of preparing a made bed
for its occupant. This commonly involves folding down the upper corner or top part of the bed's top sheet, blanket(s) and comforter to facilitate easy access. Other amenities are usually included, most notable of which is the placing of mint
s on the pillows. This luxury is only found at very high-class establishments: If you are staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast
that includes turndown service, you're definitely paying for it. I would imagine it's quite nice.