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turntable

[turn-tey-buh l]
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noun
  1. the rotating disk that spins the record on a phonograph.
  2. Railroads. a rotating, track-bearing platform pivoted in the center, used for turning locomotives and cars around.
  3. a rotating stand used in sculpture, metalwork, and ceramics.

Origin of turntable

First recorded in 1825–35; turn + table
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turntable

noun
  1. the circular horizontal platform that rotates a gramophone record while it is being played
  2. a flat circular platform that can be rotated about its centre, used for turning locomotives and cars
  3. the revolvable platform on a microscope on which specimens are examined
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Word Origin and History for turntable

n.

1835, originally in the railroad sense, from turn (v.) + table (n.). The record player sense is attested from 1908.

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