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1. a circular magazine in which slides for a projector are held: it moves round as each slide is shown
2. History a tournament in which horsemen took part in races and various manoeuvres in formation
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) A special machine designed to give circular rides at amusement parks and fairs. The carousel is an apparatus that turns about a fixed axis and has wooden seats in the form of figures (horses, elephants, or boats). The gay, colorful carousels are decorated with glass beads, spangles, and multicolored lamps. Carousels have been known in Russia since the early 18th century.

(2) An equestrian competition that replaced the medievaltournaments of knights. It was fashionable in 17th-century Italyand France. Carousels were held in Russia in the 18th century.The display was usually accompanied by allegorical dances andscenic representations based on mythological and historical sub-jects. The riders sometimes wore costumes.

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(mechanical engineering)
A rotating transport system that transfers and presents workpieces for loading and unloading by a robot or other machine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ever since she was child, Cash has been fond of carousels. She said the musical amusement rides, long associated with childhood, summer and carnivals, make people smile.
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"I estimate that more than 300,000 people ride the Central Park Carousel each year," he says.
WHERE: Santa Monica Pier CAROUSEL: 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Company CRITTER: "One sweet-faced horse has embellishments carved like a giant butterfly in its side." WHERE: Columbia Park, Kennewick, WA CAROUSEL: 1910 Carmel CRITTER: Spectacularly carved armored horses.
What: Brochure describing Remstar's horizontal carousel automated storage and retrieval systems
According to the announcement, the KLAS Carousel Storage interface allows quick, easy, and accurate pulling of materials for library patrons.
Brown claims that the carousels sped up throughput by two-and-a-half times--from 350 or 400 picks a day per person to 900 or 1,000.