turn·​stile | \ ˈtərn-ˌstī(-ə)l \

Definition of turnstile

: a post with arms pivoted on the top set in a passageway so that persons can pass through only on foot one by one

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Some of those on hand mentioned, not entirely in jest, that the Orlando Magic could boost attendance simply by drafting Simons and bringing his local fan club to the Amway Center turnstiles. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Anfernee Simons is No. 24 NBA Draft pick by Portland," 22 June 2018 Andy Byford, the head of the agency that runs the subway and buses, also proposed placing MTA subway station workers at turnstiles and exploring the use of video surveillance monitors warning riders they are monitored. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Fare Evasion Costs the MTA $215 Million," 3 Dec. 2018 Mendoza follows her across a platform and even slows down to wait for her at the turnstiles. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "New footage shows ex-Obama adviser following woman around DC metro and taking upskirt photos," 28 July 2018 The offense sputtered behind the turnstile trio of QBs Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, who combined for 19 TD throws, 22 interceptions and none of them topped Tim Tebow's career passer rating of 75.3. USA TODAY, "Elway, Joseph promise to fix Broncos' problems in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 Amazon Go works like this: customers scan the Amazon Go mobile app at a turnstile before entering the store. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Microsoft tech may help Walmart get rid of cashiers and checkout lines," 14 June 2018 Valid Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards issued before July 2017 can still be swiped at turnstiles and fare boxes, the agency said. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "SEPTA to make senior fare card switch Sept. 1," 1 June 2018 Targeted repeatedly in defensive situations, Harden lived down to his reputation as a turnstile, grasping at air on the perimeter and turning his head off the ball to open cutting lanes behind him. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "James Harden’s Reputation Hangs on His Response to Steph Curry’s ‘Haymaker’," 21 May 2018 But at the turnstiles, the White Sox were a big winner in Milwaukee. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When the Chicago White Sox called Milwaukee's County Stadium home," 8 May 2018

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The first known use of turnstile was in 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of turnstile

: a gate at an entrance that has arms which turn around and that allows only one person at a time to pass through


turn·​stile | \ ˈtərn-ˌstīl \

Kids Definition of turnstile

: a post having arms that turn around which is set at an entrance or exit so that people can pass through only on foot one by one

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