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

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These turnstiles will likely be used to collect the new visitation fee, per the Daily Beast. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The City of Venice Will Soon Start Charging Tourists an Entrance Fee," 4 Mar. 2019 Back then, Venice installed crowd-control turnstiles, which limit the flow of people into the city center during periods of overcrowding. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The City of Venice Will Soon Start Charging Tourists an Entrance Fee," 4 Mar. 2019 This floor has a much smaller square-footage of shops in front of one of the station's many train turnstiles, and sure enough, one of those is a Nestlé Chocolatory shop (typically dedicated to Kit Kat gift boxes). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Fare-evaders with open summons warrants who are stopped by police for turnstile jumping won’t be arrested but will instead get a ride to court to deal with their case, New York Police Department officials said Wednesday. Zolan Kanno-youngs And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City Fare-Beaters Get a Slide in the Subway," 1 Aug. 2018 The teen pretended to help the legally blind 64-year-old through a turnstile at the 34th Street and Eight Avenue station in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, cops said. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "New York boy, 14, pretends to help blind man, robs him while posing as cop," 20 May 2018 Jumping turnstiles, minor theft, minor vandalism, urinating in public and similar violations of the public order must be taken seriously. WSJ, "Deter Crime With Certainty of Consequence," 9 Jan. 2019 Most likely, Veldheer is here to stabilize matters at right tackle, where the Broncos were a turnstile in 2017. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The Beckham Trade Rumors, Reality of a Manziel Comeback, and Rule Changes from Targeting to Kickoffs," 30 Mar. 2018 Some of those on hand mentioned, not entirely in jest, that the Orlando Magic could boost attendance simply by drafting Simons and bringing his local fan club to the Amway Center turnstiles. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Anfernee Simons is No. 24 NBA Draft pick by Portland," 22 June 2018

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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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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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