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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
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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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.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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The visitors have made a habit at getting at Barcelona early to put them off their stride and gain an early advantage before eventually succumbing to passing carousal after the 10 minute mark.
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Melman Go-Round: Join the Madagascar characters on this animated carousal ride.
Barcelona jumped straight back into their passing carousal routine, hogging possession and sucking the life out of their hapless opponents until 20 minutes into the second half, light reappeared.
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In the early nineties Coventry had the first 6am nightclub licence so they spent their time polishing their carousal skills and making music in the studio.
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