Definition of turntable in US English:



  • 1A circular revolving plate supporting a phonograph record as it is played.

    • ‘If you want to hear what shaped the sound of the rookie Red Hot Chili Peppers, put that record on the turntable.’
    • ‘I put the record on his turntable, and you could see the opening string parts really got to him.’
    • ‘Typically, he will cover a turntable in glitter or a loudspeaker in a tight-fitting sequined tank top, thus rendering each object quite unable to function.’
    • ‘This Russian kid mixes with a turntable made of tape decks.’
    • ‘We've got three men armed with turntables, a cassette recorder, percussion, a bass guitar, and a busted CD player all beating each other up for attention.’
    • ‘Later when she had gotten the two boys down for the night she went back into the living room and put the record on the turntable.’
    • ‘A group of five young people, aged from 19 to 21, have spent the past year overseeing work on the studio, which includes a recording deck, mixing track, samplers and turntables.’
    • ‘In order to hear her, he put his hand on the turntable, holding the record in place.’
    • ‘The standard set-up of two turntables and a microphone goes back to Jamaica sound systems and was imported to the Bronx by Kool DJ Herc in 1973.’
    • ‘If you have a hi-fi turntable and a record that jumps, place a one cent coin on top of the stylus arm.’
    • ‘When he's not busy personally rocking the mike, Peter spends time on the turntables, crafting delicious sets of indie rock, pop and rap.’
    • ‘Other crews will bring their sound systems - turntables, microphones and speakers and voices.’
    • ‘We found one bloke there, interviewed him under caution, and took the turntables and records.’
    • ‘He spun the chair around to face the turntable and knocked the tonearm with his hand.’
    • ‘The attics will be ransacked, the old turntables and cassette decks will be dusted down.’
    • ‘We set up her turntables and I practiced actually mixing records for the first time, which was fun.’
    • ‘We made a few things on two turntables and a tape player.’
    • ‘You will need some mixing software, turntables, and lots of imagination and an a cappella vocal track.’
    • ‘‘I was just a 14-year-old kid with turntables and some jungle records in my room,’ he says.’
    • ‘Out of nowhere James appeared with a turntable and a record already in place.’
    1. 1.1turntables A set of two or more record turntables connected to sound mixing equipment, used by a DJ.
      ‘the two DJs who preside over the turntables play all kinds of cool electronica’
      • ‘Across the stage, his DJ works a pair of turntables, scratching over savory beats, his perfectly flat-brimmed cap bobbing in rhythm.’
      • ‘Non-stop music will be ensured by NCB's very own Vince Vega at the turntables.’
      • ‘If you don't know how to use turntables, then you are NOT a DJ!’
      • ‘The tour will provide the Zumba class experience with Lil John on the turntables.’
      • ‘With DJ Bonics kicking things off on the turntables, Wiz treated the crowd to a special live performance later.’
      • ‘They brought enthusiasm, a gong, some bongos, and turntables, yet aside from some light effects, played a surprisingly serene set.’
      • ‘The drum beats, vocals, bass line as well as synthesizers, turntables, samplers and sequencers make the music groovy.’
      • ‘I'm playing at least five or six Migos records every time I touch the turntables.’
      • ‘Inside it's dark, but you can make out a raised platform occupied by a DJ and her turntables.’
  • 2A circular revolving platform for turning a railroad locomotive or other vehicle.

    • ‘No.892 has cleared the turntable and is moving down past the station to pick up its loads for the northbound mixed.’
    • ‘The other building, which was constructed first, has five stall tracks leading out to the turntable and is divided into workshop, storage and display areas.’
    • ‘We got off the train in the heavy rain at the East Chattanooga site, where we were treated to the turntable display.’
    • ‘Switches, turntables, engine houses, station houses, platforms, and all the appurtenances of a railway system are built of the very best material and in a very substantial manner.’
    • ‘This diminutive little switcher moved permanently to the cold climate of Seattle to become the turntable switcher at Interbay yard.’
    • ‘Next to the turntable, the car shop had lost much of it's walls to earthquake damage over the years.’
    • ‘The turntable remained in use to turn diesels.’
    • ‘To accommodate narrow gauge engines, three-rail track must turn into four-rail before reaching the turntable.’
    • ‘It was planned to build a two-stall engine house with a turntable at Dundalk, but it was not to happen.’
    • ‘A small turntable at each end of the line was used for turning the equipment.’