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
They drew three million customers this year, led the league in turnstile clicks, in a place where just a few miles either direction, the main population base is crows.
In real life, however, Afghanistan is as Richard Nixon put it in The Real War, "has long been a cockpit of great-power intrigue for the same reason that it used to be called the turnstile of Asia's fate".
Beyond the turnstile was a passage with walls painted white.
When I gestured to my Trasportation Access Pass, he made a rude gesture and waved to the coin turnstile.
Immediately opposite to the turnstile was the open door of a large building; flags surmounted it, and at each side was a large proclamation in red and white.
The stranger advancing from the turnstile was a decent-looking person, dressed in dark, tight-fitting clothes, and making no unnecessary or ostentatious display of linen, for his coat was buttoned tightly to the chin.
According to the Post, a judge has ordered the M.T.A. to open its hearings on minor violations, such as turnstile-jumping.
We now have the quieter read that as smaller kind of turnstile returns.
Pattillo home a "turnstile" since learning of his death.
I'm not sure fast-paced New Yorkers could stand for the kind of turnstile gridlock that could ensue, in the way that Bay Area or DC riders might be able to.