turn·​stile | \ ˈtərn-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce turnstile (audio) \

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

Examples of turnstile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The falls eventually appear (now in dribbly faucet fashion) at a rocky cul de sac with lounge-worthy outcrops and a turnstile of weekend families — or next to nobody on a tranquil Tuesday afternoon. Jordan Rane, Los Angeles Times, "9 hikes to be grateful for this Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 The turnstile recognizes the employee’s destination floor, and assigns an elevator car, keeping the number of passengers per ride at no more than four. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "It Might Become the Scariest Part of Your Commute: The Elevator," 26 Oct. 2020 But no one, as Rothenberg says, goes away for thirty years for jumping a turnstile, and many people at the Castle have been away for thirty years. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What Makes the Difference Between Getting Out of Prison and Staying Out?," 9 Nov. 2020 In that building and others, employees use a smartphone app, myPORT, developed by Schindler, to swipe through a turnstile in the lobby. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "It Might Become the Scariest Part of Your Commute: The Elevator," 26 Oct. 2020 There could be passive temperature checks at the turnstile, which is being done in some airports. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area mass transit could start to resemble Uber or Lyft," 21 Aug. 2020 Someday, fans will be back in the stands, though any turnstile-clicking before 2021 seems highly irresponsible. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's a Fourth of July without Major League Baseball -- and perhaps that's a good thing," 4 July 2020 California could see fit to bend its guidelines, but let’s just say their turnstiles stay quiet in 2021. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Play the long game: Fans better off not predicting when they can return to sports," 28 May 2020 The owners of minor-league teams, however, have almost no revenue streams beyond the turnstiles and concession and souvenir stands. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Where do messy negotiations between MLB, union leave minor leaguers?," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of turnstile

1643, in the meaning defined above

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“Turnstile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnstile. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce turnstile (audio) \

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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