arterial

adjective
ar·te·ri·al | \är-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Definition of arterial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to an artery

b : relating to or being the bright red blood present in most arteries that has been oxygenated in lungs or gills

2 : of, relating to, or constituting through traffic

arterial

noun

Definition of arterial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a through street or highway

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Other Words from arterial

Adjective

arterially \-ē-ə-lē \ adverb

Examples of arterial in a Sentence

Noun

one of the main arterials connecting the airport with the city

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At the time, Saturday’s protest didn’t just cause tempers to flare on the Dan Ryan and arterial roads; battle lines also were drawn in cyberspace as Rauner and Emanuel took to Twitter. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Father Pfleger waiting for elected officials' response before calling for future protests," 9 July 2018 The council voted Tuesday to reduce speed limits on non-arterial residential streets, which comprise about 70 percent of the city's street grid. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Portland City Council approves 20 mph speed limit on residential streets," 17 Jan. 2018 The bridge, which is 10 feet wide and 150 feet long and situated over a creek, allows for safe pedestrian travel on the south side of this important arterial connector. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Pedestrian bridge, sidewalks enhance safety on Brook Hollow Parkway," 3 July 2018 Get there from here: With its own Expo Line station, easy access to the 10 and 405 freeways, and many arterial streets nearby, Rancho Park makes commuting slightly more convenient. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Rancho Park takes its spot in a post-modest world," 8 June 2018 The cause was complications from peripheral arterial disease and renal failure, said a son, Corey Dade. Washington Post, "Paul Stack, Foreign Service officer," 16 May 2018 Weak spots in the arterial wall that can be caused by genetics or high blood pressure or just the forces of flow from the fluid in the pipes. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "A foremost neurosurgeon on White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar and brain hemorrhages," 8 May 2018 The city will spend $11 million to resurface and repair arterial roads. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "From pickleball to bikepaths: What's in the Tempe budget for you," 12 June 2018 One can be caused by a brain bleed and the other by an arterial blockage. George Parry, Philly.com, "I had a stroke. Don't do what I did if the same thing happens to you.," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Haynes said the Better Naito analysis raises questions about how the city will handle changes to major arterials elsewhere. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "PBA still 'concerned' about Better Naito's effect on congestion, calls for more study," 8 Mar. 2018 The site also must have access to an arterial or higher classification road. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena," 11 July 2018 Maryland Physician Partners LLC’s bid to open a dispensary at 7609 Energy Parkway in Brandon Woods Business Park was rejected in April because the property did not immediately abut an arterial or higher classified road. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena," 11 July 2018 Engineers built its arterials to transport cars, and quickly. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Save Lives With Smarter, Slower Streets—Not Self-Driving Cars," 11 May 2018 Others, however, have called them essential, especially considering the frequency that Laguna Canyon Road — a main arterial thoroughfare — closes because of downed power lines. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "Laguna council pushes initiative to place utility lines underground to July 17 so mayor can vote," 10 July 2018 In seeking the variance, New Land also cited the narrow lot's location on a corner that includes a major arterial: South Second Street. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Land proposes 48-unit apartment building near its Trio Mke project in Walker's Point," 21 June 2018 The new section connects two major arterials and improves the city street-grid providing increased connectivity for both freight and residential traffic. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Intermittent closures on I-84 westbound just east of Corbett," 17 Jan. 2018 Regardless of occasional inserts of green spaces or parks, the orientation of individual lots and the layout of branching arterials and cul-de-sacs often show no environmental consideration or orientation to reap solar or wind benefits. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of arterial

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined above

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arterial

adjective
ar·te·ri·al | \är-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Medical Definition of arterial 

1 : of or relating to an artery

2 : relating to or being the bright red blood present in most arteries that has been oxygenated in lungs or gills — compare venous sense 3

Other Words from arterial

arterially \-ē-ə-lē \ adverb

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