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Hi,
this is a basic question, I'm feeling such a noob.

One of the definitions of "around": in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way.

So, what does "turn the box around" mean? Turn it by 180 degrees? Or is it more generic? I think it has an usual meaning...

The next problem is: what does "look around" mean. I thought it meant something like "look in several directions, because you want to check something, find something, watch something, etc." But one of my dictionaries gives this example, under the meaning I wrote above (= in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way).
They looked around when he called.
What does that mean? That they looked in several directions? Or did they just look back (180 degrees)?

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One of the definitions of "around": in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way.

So, what does "turn the box around" mean? Turn it by 180 degrees? I'd say so. Yes. Or is it more generic? I think it has an a usual meaning...

The next problem is: what does "look around" mean. I thought it meant something like "look in several directions, because you want to check something, find something, watch something, etc." Me too. But one of my dictionaries gives this example, under the meaning I wrote above (= in a circle or curve to face another way or the opposite way).
They looked around when he called.
What does that mean? That they looked in several directions? No. They're not using that meaning here, although I only know that because of where you said you found the example. Or did they just look back (180 degrees)? Yes, by context. (I don't use around this way, however. In most contexts I would assume look around meant some kind of searching behavior.) When I run across such usage, I assume it's British. I think I would have said They turned around when he called or They turned around and looked at him when he called.
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CJ
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Ah! Perfect, thanks.
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PS: I was thinking about that "turn around"... when I realized it does not only mean "by 180 degrees". Because if you say that the Earth turns around its axis, and also turns around the sun, that doesn't mean it turns 180 degrees. And I guess I can leave out any references to any axes, and just say that the Earth turns around, as everybody knows. And so I can say that I make a wheel turn and then leave it turning around...

So I guess the meaning of "around" can vary quite a lot, depending on the context... what a mess, grrr.

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And when your girlfriend shows off her new dress to you, she may turn around to show it from all angles. (360 degrees)
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By the way:

The earth's motion ("in place") on its axis: The rotation of the earth.
The earth's motion around the sun: The revolution of the earth.
All the planets both revolve and rotate.

CJ
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