Jersey barrier


: a concrete slab 32 inches high with slanted sides that is used in tandem with others to block or reroute traffic or to divide highways

Examples of Jersey barrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past two years, trash has amassed in atypically large drifts against New Jersey barriers or tangled in chain-link fences like tumbleweed. Justin Beal, Harper's Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 An Acura went in between Jersey barriers before hitting the workers and overturning, according to police. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2023 Just a few days later, someone reportedly smashed into the Jersey barriers surrounding one of the poles. Steve Annear,, 23 Feb. 2023 One car veered off to the left, struck a Jersey barrier and caught fire, said Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, which responded to the crash. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2022

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Word History


New Jersey, U.S.

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jersey barrier was in 1969

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“Jersey barrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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