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 Stimson and Smith both explained that something as seemingly innocuous as not cracking down on turnstile jumping can embolden criminals. Fox News, 2 June 2022 The guilty plea stemmed from an arrest in which Smith was caught jumping a subway turnstile in Coney Island, Brooklyn while carrying a handgun, officials said. Fox News, 11 May 2022 His Honda Pilot SUV traveled through the intersection and mounted the curb before hitting a SEPTA turnstile and the wall of the Kensington and Allegheny stations. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 10 May 2022 The zero-tolerance program aimed to provide services to homeless individuals and those experiencing mental health difficulties, and target loiterers, turnstile-jumpers and criminal opportunists. Fox News, 4 Mar. 2022 Grace, who won the under-nine Irish championship in the three-hundred-metre race last summer, approached a turnstile at eye level. Dan Greene, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The result is a kind of fast-moving turnstile for most COVID-19 patients, with long stays mostly for the unvaccinated, who are more acutely ill. Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2022 Images began to circulate on social media in recent days of, for example, metro riders queuing up at a Moscow subway station turnstile. Andy Meek, BGR, 1 Mar. 2022 Yu, who was off duty at the time, later said the teenager had jumped over a turnstile without paying. NBC News, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turnstile

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turnstile was in 1643

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26 Jun 2022

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“Turnstile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnstile. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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