Turnpike Definition

tûrnpīk
turnpikes
noun
turnpikes
A turnstile.
Webster's New World
A tollgate.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
A toll road, esp. one that is an expressway.
Webster's New World

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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verb
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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Other Word Forms of Turnpike

Noun

Singular:
turnpike
Plural:
turnpikes

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

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