turnpike

noun
turn·​pike | \ˈtərn-ˌpīk \

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 turnpike

b : a main road especially : a paved highway with a rounded surface

2 : tollgate

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Examples of turnpike in a Sentence

the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend

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The incident occurred on the turnpike at mile marker 267 in Orange County at 12:20 p.m., Lt. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FedEx driver killed in freak accident on turnpike, FHP says," 21 June 2018 There was also a 44 percent decline in injury crashes throughout the entire 241-mile turnpike. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Obeying Ohio's move-over law is one way to honor police, highway workers," 11 May 2018 The additional revenue will go toward maintenance of the state’s 552-mile turnpike system and cover a mandated obligation that the commission provide $450 million to PennDot each year for transit funding. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 6% in 2019," 3 July 2018 At least two eastbound lanes near the turnpike were unusable from rush hour until about midnight, said DOT spokesman Steve Olson. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "With more flooding expected on I-4, state officials order road builder to ensure better drainage," 17 May 2018 The Golden Triangle is considered the area near the turnpike’s Exit 13 and Route 9 that includes small businesses, regional retail, and corporate campuses as well as residents. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Draft Golden Triangle study is available for public review," 11 Apr. 2018 Tolls have increased every year since 2009, in part to pay for a long-term turnpike reconstruction project and to handle debt service. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 6% in 2019," 3 July 2018 The last time a popular referendum passed in Oklahoma was in 1954, when voters repealed a bill outlining a series of turnpike projects. Washington Post, "Teachers’ group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question," 14 May 2018 But those traveling east on the road have to crane their necks to see approaching eastbound traffic coming over a hill on the turnpike. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Looking To Align Douglas Road And Sycamore Street," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of turnpike

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for turnpike

Middle English turnepike revolving frame bearing spikes and serving as a barrier, from turnen to turn + pike

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turnpike

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turnpike

: a major road that you must pay to use

turnpike

noun
turn·​pike | \ˈtərn-ˌpīk \

Kids Definition of turnpike

: a road that people must pay a toll to use

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