turn·​ta·​ble | \ ˈtərn-ˌtā-bəl How to pronounce turntable (audio) \

Definition of turntable

: a revolvable platform: such as
a : a rotating platform that carries a phonograph record
b : a platform with a track for turning wheeled vehicles (such as locomotives)

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Vinyl records, ranging from Wavves indie to Mastodon heavy-metal, spin on a turntable behind the bar. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Huntsville, here’s your next coffee obsession," 19 Aug. 2019 Kevin Chambers and his 5-year-old daughter, Kailyn, were rotating their vanilla cake on a turntable and layering on the chocolate frosting when the pictures on the wall started to vibrate and the refrigerator started to move. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "‘It was the scare of my life’: Residents near Ridgecrest feel intense shaking and fear," 4 July 2019 Rooms are blissfully free of televisions, and each one comes with a turntable and a selection of vinyl records. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "First Look: Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, California," 30 Nov. 2018 In addition to being a rapper, actor, NBA analyst, business owner, pitchman and, oh, yeah, Pro Basketball Hall of Famer, Shaq also knows his way around the turntables, earning a spot on the mainstage at one of the world’s largest EDM festivals. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "When Shaq joins the mosh pit, don’t bother trying to get out of the way," 22 July 2019 Its in-store appearances — most notably by Paul McCartney — and signings draw customers from around the world, and its turntables have been worked by a fantastic mix of in-store DJs. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Amoeba Music building set to be replaced — but where’s the store's new location?," 25 June 2019 All of the suites, designed by Tom Dixon, will feature king-size beds and their own turntables, hammocks on the terrace and other trappings. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Richard Branson lets Ginger Spice loose on new Virgin Voyages suite," 20 June 2019 But the most important items in both places are the turntables, tube amplifiers and speakers. Ben Ratliff, New York Times, "Learning to Listen, in a Los Angeles Cafe Built for Vinyl," 3 June 2019 The executive turntable is spinning once again in the German music biz. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "German Industry Moves: Steffen Müller Out at Warner Music; Stefan Goebel Leaves Sony After 19 Years," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of turntable

1835, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of turntable

: the part of a record player that turns the record
: a platform that is used to turn vehicles (such as railroad cars) around

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