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.

I move upon my axle like a turnpike. B. Jonson.

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.

3.

A turnpike road.

De Foe.

4.

A winding stairway.

[Scot.]

Sir W. Scott.

5. Mil.

A beam filled with spikes to obstruct passage; a cheval-de-frise.

[R.]

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.

 

© Webster 1913.


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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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