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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A toll road, especially an expressway with tollgates.
  • n. A tollgate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A toll road, especially a toll expressway.
  • n. A road formerly a toll road.
  • v. To form (a road, etc.) in the manner of a turnpike road; into a rounded form, as the path of a road.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A turnpike road.
  • n. A winding stairway.
  • n. A beam filled with spikes to obstruct passage; a cheval-de-frise.
  • transitive v. To form, as a road, in the manner of a turnpike road; to throw into a rounded form, as the path of a road.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A frame of pikes or pointed bars, a kind of revolving cheval-de-frise, set in a narrow passage to obstruct the progress of an enemy.
  • n. A turnstile.
  • n. A gate set across a road, in order to stop carriages, wagons, etc., and sometimes foot-travelers, till toll is paid; a toll-bar; a toll-gate.
  • n. A turnpike road.
  • n. A turnpike-stair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (from 16th to 19th centuries) gates set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
  • n. an expressway on which tolls are collected

Etymologies

Middle English turnepike, spiked barrier : turnen, to turn; see turn + pike, sharp point; see pike5.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English turnpyke ("spiked barrier across a road"). (Wiktionary)

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