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
Recent Examples of turnstile from the Web
Hundreds of laborers make their way through a maze of rails, turnstiles and a metal detector.
Hundreds of laborers make their way through a maze of rails, turnstiles and a metal detector, and place their bags on an airport-style X-ray conveyor belt.
Inside, my son loved the old-fashioned wooden subway turnstiles from the last century.
To get visitors into the mindset of a designer, for example, one of these displays asks you to redesign an everyday object, like a turnstile, or a tent, or a shopping cart.
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First Known Use of turnstile
TURNSTILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turnstile for English Language Learners
: a gate at an entrance that has arms which turn around and that allows only one person at a time to pass through
TURNSTILE Defined for Kids
Definition of turnstile for Students
: 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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