Definition of turnpike
1a (1) : a road (such as an expressway) for the use of which tolls are collected (2) : a road formerly maintained as a turnpikeb : a main road; especially : a paved highway with a rounded surface
2 : tollgate
Examples of turnpike in a Sentence
the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend
Recent Examples of turnpike from the Web
Soon, 40 turnpike maintenance vehicles will be outfitted with sensors capable of amassing and later transmitting data about weather and traffic.
Bruce Springsteen—turnpike troubadour, messiah of the Meadowlands—is headed to Broadway.
The crash happened just before 4:30 a.m. on the turnpike in Strongsville.
Drivers wouldn't have to slow down to pitch coins into a basket like on some East Coast turnpikes.
Toll gantries, which register fees to transponders or conduct a toll-by-plate charge, are placed at the turnpike’s northbound exit ramp and its southbound entry ramp.
Also shows welcome centers and service plazas on turnpikes.
It's been three years since a Walmart truck slammed into the back of Morgan's limo van on the New Jersey turnpike.
Related: A young woman was killed by a car on the turnpike and no one stopped.
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Origin and Etymology of turnpike
Middle English turnepike revolving frame bearing spikes and serving as a barrier, from turnen to turn + pike
First Known Use: 1678See Words from the same year
TURNPIKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turnpike for English Language Learners
: a major road that you must pay to use
TURNPIKE Defined for Kids
Definition of turnpike for Students
: a road that people must pay a toll to use
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