turn·stile | \ˈtərn-ˌstī(-ə)l \

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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Valid Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards issued before July 2017 can still be swiped at turnstiles and fare boxes, the agency said. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "SEPTA to make senior fare card switch Sept. 1," 1 June 2018 Targeted repeatedly in defensive situations, Harden lived down to his reputation as a turnstile, grasping at air on the perimeter and turning his head off the ball to open cutting lanes behind him. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "James Harden’s Reputation Hangs on His Response to Steph Curry’s ‘Haymaker’," 21 May 2018 But at the turnstiles, the White Sox were a big winner in Milwaukee. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When the Chicago White Sox called Milwaukee's County Stadium home," 8 May 2018 Some will pass a badge over a turnstile to a friend who forgot his or hers. Tiffany Hsu And Jack Nicas, New York Times, "YouTube Shooting Puts a Focus on Workplace Security," 5 Apr. 2018 The National League had lost the war at the turnstiles, and was ready to deal. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Major League Baseball birthed in Cincinnati," 27 June 2018 In the mid-1990s, Major League Baseball instituted a new policy that tickets sold for a game supplanted fans going through the turnstile, which helps the game's revenue-sharing balance between large- and small-market teams. Jeff Maillet, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With poor weather hurting MLB attendance, Brewers fans are still flocking to games ... or at least buying tickets," 14 May 2018 Of course, this administration moves around faster than a turnstile in a New York City subway station, so time will tell if Pompeo lasts longer in the State Department than Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 days in the White House as communications director. Monique Judge, The Root, "Mike Pompeo Confirmed as Secretary of State," 26 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee's Summerfest reported Friday that 766,192 people went through the turnstiles at Maier Festival Park in 2018. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee reports lowest attendance in at least 25 years," 13 July 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 \

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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