turnstile

noun turn·stile \ -ˌstī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of turnstile

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TURNSTILE Defined for English Language Learners

turnstile

noun

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

turnstile

noun turn·stile \ ˈtərn-ˌstīl \

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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