Carousel



merry-go-round (def 1).
a continuously revolving belt, track or other device on which items are placed for later retrieval:
a baggage carousel at an airport.
a circular tray in which photographic transparencies are held on a projector and from which they are lowered through slots for projection as the tray is rotated.
Contemporary Examples

Walentas sought out and obtained an original Gebrueder Bruder carousel organ.
Jane’s Carousel Survives A Very Close Call With Hurricane Sandy Matthew DeLuca October 31, 2012

Waves crashed against the $9 million, 26-foot-high acrylic pavilion that encases the 90-year-old carousel.
Jane’s Carousel Survives A Very Close Call With Hurricane Sandy Matthew DeLuca October 31, 2012

In the film, his pals fondly recall the critic bringing through a carousel of unattractive women.
‘Life Itself’: A Fitting, Heartrending Tribute to Cinema’s Great Appreciator Roger Ebert Marlow Stern July 1, 2014

Think of that carousel in the river, or the bar that washed up, intact, a few miles from where it once served customers.
In Sandy’s Aftermath, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo Make Unlikely Team David Freedlander November 29, 2012

“I went to a carousel convention—there are such things,” Walentas said.
Jane’s Carousel Survives A Very Close Call With Hurricane Sandy Matthew DeLuca October 31, 2012

Historical Examples

On occasions when driving in the area with another officer, he would go up to the carousel, usually once or twice a week.
Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

Under the sunshade it was infuriatingly like a horse on a carousel.
Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins

He was in the place, in Ruby’s carousel, but that none of this conversation took place.
Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

Forbes and Persis sent back mocking smiles as they side-stepped into the carousel.
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

The four carousel’s sprang to their feet when the first strain reached their ears.
A Victorious Union Oliver Optic

noun
a circular magazine in which slides for a projector are held: it moves round as each slide is shown
a rotating conveyor belt for luggage, as at an airport
(US & Canadian) a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc, on which people ride for amusement Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) merry-go-round, roundabout
(history) a tournament in which horsemen took part in races and various manoeuvres in formation
n.

“merry-go-round,” 1670s, earlier “playful tournament of knights in chariots or on horseback” (1640s), from French carrousel “a tilting match,” from Italian carusiello, possibly from carro “chariot,” from Latin carrus (see car).

A new and rare invencon knowne by the name of the royalle carousell or tournament being framed and contrived with such engines as will not only afford great pleasure to us and our nobility in the sight thereof, but sufficient instruction to all such ingenious young gentlemen as desire to learne the art of perfect horsemanshipp. [letter of 1673]

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