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[turn-tey-buh l] /ˈtɜrnˌteɪ bəl/
the rotating disk that spins the record on a phonograph.
Railroads. a rotating, track-bearing platform pivoted in the center, used for turning locomotives and cars around.
a rotating stand used in sculpture, metalwork, and ceramics.
Origin of turntable
1825-35; turn + table Unabridged
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Examples from the web for turntable
  • 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


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

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

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