from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanical device used to control passage from one public area to another, typically consisting of several horizontal arms supported by and radially projecting from a central vertical post and allowing only the passage of individuals on foot.
- n. A similar structure that permits the passage of an individual once a charge has been paid or that counts the number of individuals passing through.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rotating mechanical device that controls and counts passage between public areas, especially one that only allows passage after a charge has been made.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A revolving frame in a footpath, preventing the passage of horses or cattle, but admitting that of persons; a turnpike. See turnpike, n., 1.
- n. A similar arrangement for registering the number of persons passing through a gateway, doorway, or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A post surmounted by four horizontal arms which move round as a person passes through; a turnpike.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gate consisting of a post that acts as a pivot for rotating arms; set in a passageway for controlling the persons entering
turn (rotating) + stile (gate) (Wiktionary)