turn·​stile ˈtərn-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce turnstile (audio)
: 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 New York City will soon start testing out technology that uses AI to detect guns at subway turnstiles, Mayor Eric Adams said on Thursday. Gaby Del Valle, The Verge, 28 Mar. 2024 Many support the move after recent mayhem included surveillance video showing a man at a Manhattan subway station hurling flaming cans at people through a turnstile. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2024 Dealing with a plethora of injuries at both guard positions, Campen oversaw a turnstile within the interior offensive line. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 27 Jan. 2024 Numbering some 30,000, the noisy crowd doubled the turnstile count of one night earlier for the football Aztecs’ game against Utah State. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2023 The park hosted 64 events, an 83% increase from 2019, with 1.2 million people walking through the turnstiles. Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2024 Apparently, the concept of $400 dinners a few yards from the turnstiles and tracks struck a lot of people as novel. Pete Wells, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Success won’t solely be measured in the turnstiles on Friday, or even this season as a whole. Tim Meehan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Feb. 2024 Some are actively monitoring turnstile data to judge the frequency and, even more importantly, the length of time their workers are there, Fortune reported. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnstile was circa 1643

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“Turnstile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnstile. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


turn·​stile -ˌstīl How to pronounce turnstile (audio)
: a post having arms which turn around that is set in an entrance or exit so that persons can pass through only on foot one by one

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