Counterturn

Coun´ter`turn`

    (~t rn`)
n.1.The critical moment in a play, when, contrary to expectation, the action is embroiled in new difficulties.
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materialism and called for a counterturn inward toward the spirit:
An irregular ode, the poem's form is used by Behn to lead the reader through the familiar steps of turn, counterturn and stand; her argument moves from a criticism of male sexuality to an analysis of female behavior relative to male sexuality, to the epode that shows how both men and women are adversely affected by the hierarchical sexual dynamic, men with their loss of desire and women with their lack of sexual satisfaction.
When Jonson chose to organize his Cary/Morison Ode with the same structure, he translated the Greek terms suggestively as "The Turn," "The Counterturn," and "The Stand.
In punishing their soon-to-be arena roommates for the second straight night, the Lakers continued a steady counterturn out of the three-game tailspin that got coach Del Harris fired two days earlier.
Barnes distinguishes "the full Pindaric [ode] with its turn, counterturn, and stand; the homostrophic or Horation; and the Irregular" (247).
The spill of its truncated experience would shine less bravely and, out of the dust and dunghill of this existence (call it hope, in decline), as here the blue light of autumn falls, command what is left of exhilaration and fit this season's unfolding to the alphabet of turn and counterturn, all that implicit arc of a heart searching for a place to stand.
This syntactic counterturn underscores the couple's most private moment and allows for a significant emotional shift.
Recent field experiments have shown that males generate faster airspeeds and counterturn less frequently farther away from a pheromone source (9-11 m) (Vickers and Baker, 1997).
However, the counterturns staged via the final lines of "The Cardinal Is the Marriage Bird" make evident the couple's imminent demise.
Derrida writes more patiently about the turns and counterturns of writing as the deconstructive footprint of the human, always on-going and therefore always provisional.
Like this mouth-filling word, the complex history of the concept of a "chapel" invokes a confusing series of turns and counterturns.