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turntable

[turn-tey-buh l] /ˈtɜrnˌteɪ bəl/
noun
1.
the rotating disk that spins the record on a phonograph.
2.
Railroads. a rotating, track-bearing platform pivoted in the center, used for turning locomotives and cars around.
3.
a rotating stand used in sculpture, metalwork, and ceramics.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; turn + table
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  • He still listens to records on a turntable and wears white shirts with red suspenders.
  • The round turntable holds two pipe molds, one empty, and one being filled.
  • The turntable had been retrofitted with a hydraulic piston which replaced the slew ring worm gears.
  • Even if the microwave oven has a turntable, it's still helpful to stir and turn food top to bottom.
  • The other mechanical failure involved the failure of the crane turntable.
  • Place the beam in the slot at the top of stand and raise the turntable until the beam is level using a small bubble level.
  • If all positions of the turntable are not utilized, arrange the vessels symmetrically.
  • The tool is based on a double ski platform with a blade mounted on a removable turntable that is adjustable for cutting depth.
British Dictionary definitions for turntable

turntable

/ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl/
noun
1.
the circular horizontal platform that rotates a gramophone record while it is being played
2.
a flat circular platform that can be rotated about its centre, used for turning locomotives and cars
3.
the revolvable platform on a microscope on which specimens are examined
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Word Origin and History for turntable
n.

1835, originally in the railroad sense, from turn (v.) + table (n.). The record player sense is attested from 1908.

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Encyclopedia Article for turntable

in sound reproduction, rotating platform that carries a phonograph record. Turntables commonly revolve at 16 23, 33 13, 45, or 78 revolutions per minute; many record players have gearing that allows the user to choose among these speeds. For best sound reproduction, constant turning speed is crucial; transcription turntables used by radio stations are weighted to minimize speed variations and are driven by synchronous motors. Though several different types of driving mechanism were tried in early phonographs, the electric motor, cushion-mounted to minimize vibration, became the most widely employed.

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