a structure of four horizontally revolving arms pivoted atop a post and set in a gateway or opening in a fence to allow the controlled passage of people.
a similar device set up in an entrance to bar passage until a charge is paid, to record the number of persons passing through, etc.
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How to use turnstile in a sentence
The first turnstile has already been installed in the Tronchetto district and is being used by select groups as a test run.Mass Surveillance System Set to Spoil Secret Lovers’ Paradise | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 8, 2021 | The Daily Beast
The idea was that aggressively enforcing even minor crimes — like breaking a window or jumping a subway turnstile — was an effective way to prevent bigger crimes.
The crush of tourists had turned the UNESCO World Heritage site into something of a Disneyland with plans then in place to install turnstiles to control the flow in and out of the historical center.Venice Has Banned Cruise Ships but That Won’t Stop Them | Barbie Latza Nadeau | April 23, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Science does not look for evidence to confirm a preference, such as the sweet sound of loud cheering and turnstiles spinning.Everyone has feelings about crowd size at ballgames. Let’s stick with facts. | Thomas M. Boswell | March 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Identity data is captured by cameras concealed as appears to be a normal turnstile.
Unfortunately Lauren is watching this entire scene wedged in the turnstile by the Maclaren.
He jumps out, goes through the turnstile, and enters the next train as it pulls into the station.
We were approaching the corner of Great turnstile again, but I don't think she noticed it.In Accordance with the Evidence | Oliver Onions
The old gentleman now took him by the arm, and led him more into the shade of the bridge—a few paces back from the turnstile.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
For large entrances, notably for hotels and banks, a form of door working on the turnstile principle is frequently adopted.
Kim clicked round the self-registering turnstile; the old man followed and halted amazed.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
The rest was lost in the clicking of the turnstile that let him through.The Syndic | C.M. Kornbluth
British Dictionary definitions for turnstile
a mechanical gate or barrier with metal arms that are turned to admit one person at a time, usually in one direction only
any similar device that admits foot passengers but no large animals or vehicles
Also called: gatepost logic a symbol of the form ̃⊢, ⊨, or ⊩, used to represent logical consequence when inserted between expressions to form a sequent, or when prefixed to a single expression to indicate its status as a theorem
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