Turnpike meaning

tûrnpīk
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A toll road, especially an expressway with tollgates.
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A turnstile.
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A toll road, esp. one that is an expressway.
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A frame consisting of two bars crossing each other at right angles and turning on a post or pin, to hinder the passage of animals, but admitting a person to pass between the arms; a turnstile.
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A gate or bar set across a road to stop carriages, animals, and sometimes people, until a toll is paid; a tollgate.
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(Scotland) A winding stairway.

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(military) A beam filled with spikes to obstruct passage; a cheval-de-frise.
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(US) A toll road, especially a toll expressway.

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A road that was formerly a toll road.
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To form (a road, etc.) in the manner of a turnpike road; into a rounded form, as the path of a road.

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A tollgate.
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Origin of turnpike

  • Middle English turnepike spiked barrier turnen to turn turn pike sharp point pike5

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English turnpyke (“spiked barrier across a road"), originally used to block access to such a road until toll was paid.

    From Wiktionary