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Turnstile vs turnbuckle

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  • Turnstile and turnbuckle are two words that some find confusing. We will examine the definitions of turnstile and turnbuckle, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


     

    A turnstile is also called a baffle gate. It is a gateway that consists of horizontal arms that are attached to a post. The arms turn in order to let one person at a time pass through the gateway. Turnstiles evolved from the stiles used to regulate the passage of animals through a gateway. The modern use of turnstiles began in the early twentieth century, when Clarence Saunders, the founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores, introduced the concept. The word turnstile is a compound word composed of the words turn and stile.

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    A turnbuckle is a link or coupling with two screws at either end, used for tightening a rod, rope or other things that need tension adjustments. The word turnbuckle has been in use since the early 1700s, and is a compound word composed of the words turn and buckle.

    Examples

    As the transit agency begins the introduction of the KEY on Regional Rail, the turnstile roto-arms were put in place. (The Philadelphia Tribune)

    A man was shot on a Red Line train after getting into a dispute at a turnstile on the South Side Monday afternoon, one of 10 people hit by gunfire over 12 hours in Chicago, according to police. (The Chicago Tribune)

    And if you’re not Drift Sticking, you don’t want to leave it disconnected on one end because the turnbuckle will rattle around while you’re driving. (Car and Driver Magazine)

     

    One month after you install the turbine, lower the tower and inspect everything, including the guy wire anchors, turnbuckles and cable clamps. (Mother Earth News)

     


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