Turnpike road
Turnpike Turn"pike`, n. [Turn + pike.] 1. A frame consisting of two bars crossing each other at right angles and turning on a post or pin, to hinder the passage of beasts, but admitting a person to pass between the arms; a turnstile. See {Turnstile}, 1. [1913 Webster]

I move upon my axle like a turnpike. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. A gate or bar set across a road to stop carriages, animals, and sometimes people, till toll is paid for keeping the road in repair; a tollgate. [1913 Webster]

3. A turnpike road. --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

4. A winding stairway. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) A beam filled with spikes to obstruct passage; a cheval-de-frise. [R.] [1913 Webster]

{Turnpike man}, a man who collects tolls at a turnpike.

{Turnpike road}, a road on which turnpikes, or tollgates, are established by law, in order to collect from the users tolls to defray the cost of building, repairing, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Turnpike — Turn pike , n. [Turn + pike.] 1. A frame consisting of two bars crossing each other at right angles and turning on a post or pin, to hinder the passage of beasts, but admitting a person to pass between the arms; a turnstile. See {Turnstile}, 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turnpike man — Turnpike Turn pike , n. [Turn + pike.] 1. A frame consisting of two bars crossing each other at right angles and turning on a post or pin, to hinder the passage of beasts, but admitting a person to pass between the arms; a turnstile. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turnpike — Turn pike , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turnpiked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turnpiking}.] To form, as a road, in the manner of a turnpike road; into a rounded form, as the path of a road. Knowles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turnpike — (n.) early 15c., spiked road barrier used for defense, from TURN (Cf. turn) + PIKE (Cf. pike) (n.2) shaft. Sense transferred to horizontal cross of timber, turning on a vertical pin (1540s), which were used to bar horses from foot roads. This led …   Etymology dictionary

  • turnpike — /ˈtɜnpaɪk / (say ternpuyk) noun 1. (formerly) a. a barrier set across a road to stop passage until toll was paid; tollgate. b. a road on which a turnpike operated. 2. US a road for fast traffic, especially one maintained by tolls. {late Middle… …   Australian English dictionary

  • turnpike — turn|pike [ˈtə:npaık US ˈtə:rn ] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: turnpike road (18 20 centuries), from turnpike turning post with sharp points fixed into it, used to control movement past it (15 18 centuries), from turn + PIKE4] AmE a large road for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • turnpike corporation — A private corporation engaged in operating a turnpike or toll road. turnpike road. Same as turnpike …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • turnpike — /terrn puyk /, n. 1. a high speed highway, esp. one maintained by tolls. 2. (formerly) a barrier set across such a highway to stop passage until a toll has been paid; tollgate. [1375 1425; late ME turnepike road barrier (in def. 1, short for… …   Universalium

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