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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Recent Examples on the Web Even with its lowest attendance since at least 1986 last year — where 718,144 people walked through the turnstiles — Summerfest still had the highest attendance of any music festival in the United States, according to Rolling Stone. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee postponed to September due to coronavirus pandemic," 23 Mar. 2020 From the beginning, his administration has been a turnstile of people who fall in and out of favor with the president. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump’s Efforts to Remove the Disloyal Heightens Unease Across His Administration," 22 Feb. 2020 One video showed a subway turnstile had been vandalized. Fox News, "New York City 'F--- the Police' protest turns violent, dozens of arrests reported," 24 Nov. 2019 But the reality is that the biggest loss probably is Wynn just because Newhouse has been such a turnstile. BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ win over the Eagles," 18 Nov. 2019 Quinn Cook remained a defensive sieve and Jonas Jerebko was a turnstile. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kyle Lowry and the Factors That Allowed His Return to Form," 7 June 2019 Inside a secret government building west of Washington, D.C. — past the armed guards, through the turnstiles and coded locks, into a vaulted office with the highest security clearance — sat the CIA’s team of elite programmers. Nicole Hong, BostonGlobe.com, "Life of a CIA coder: Nerf guns, pranks, and fat jokes," 17 Feb. 2020 The Rays’ lack of support at the turnstiles, combined with the inability to find a consensus on location and funding for a new stadium, has led ownership to explore alternatives. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Rays Top the Astros and, for Once, Fill Their Stadium," 7 Oct. 2019 This past weekend’s surge at the turnstiles boosted the A’s average attendance from 19,479 to 20,374, which is still only better than eight of baseball’s 30 teams. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Kids get in free to Athletics games at Coliseum all next month," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of turnstile

1643, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2020

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“Turnstile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnstile. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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