[ turn-tey-buh l ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌteɪ bəl /


the rotating disk that spins the record on a phonograph.
Railroads. a rotating, track-bearing platform pivoted in the center, used for turning locomotives and cars around.
a rotating stand used in sculpture, metalwork, and ceramics.

Nearby words

  1. turnround,
  2. turnsole,
  3. turnspit,
  4. turnstile,
  5. turnstone,
  6. turntable ladder,
  7. turntablist,
  8. turnup,
  9. turnverein,
  10. turophile

Origin of turntable

First recorded in 1825–35; turn + table

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British Dictionary definitions for turntable


/ (ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl) /


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



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

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