AskDefine | Define turntable

Dictionary Definition



1 a circular horizontal platform that rotates a phonograph record while it is being played
2 a revolving tray placed on a dining table [syn: lazy Susan]
3 a rotatable platform with a track; used to turn locomotives and cars

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the circular rotating platform of a record player or DJ console
  2. a similar device to be connected to the amplifier of a hi-fi system
  3. a circular rotating platform used for turning locomotives, cars or trucks

Extensive Definition

A turntable is generally a rotating platform, and may refer to:
  • A constant speed, motor driven phonograph/gramophone.
  • Turntable (rail), a device used at some railroad facilities to turn locomotives or other rolling stock around, or onto one of several radially arranged rail tracks (a rotary transfer table)
  • Turntable (motor vehicle), a motorized or manual device, usually installed in a driveway or on a garage floor, that rotates a motor vehicle to facilate an easier or safer egress of the vehicle
  • Turntable (display), a motorized turntable used for displaying items
  • A potter's wheel or pottery wheel, used for shaping spinning clay to produce circular pottery
  • A Lazy Susan, a rotating tray used on a large tabletop so that items can reached from any sitting position
  • A turntable hit is a hit vinyl single which is commonly more successful in the airplay charts than in sales.
  • Turntable (song), a TLC song from their album 3D.
turntable in Czech: Točna
turntable in Persian: سینی دوار
turntable in Japanese: ターンテーブル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Gramophone, PA, PA system, Victrola, audio sound system, audiophile, binaural system, bitch box, bullhorn, cartridge, ceramic pickup, changer, crystal pickup, derived four-channel system, discrete four-channel system, four-channel stereo system, hi-fi, hi-fi fan, high-fidelity, intercom, intercommunication system, jukebox, magnetic pickup, monaural system, mono, needle, nickelodeon, phonograph, photoelectric pickup, pickup, public-address system, quadraphonic sound system, radio-phonograph combination, record changer, record player, sound reproduction system, sound truck, squawk box, stereo, stylus, system, tape deck, tape recorder, tone arm, transcription turntable
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