arterial

adjective
ar·​te·​ri·​al | \ är-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce arterial (audio) \

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 \ är-​ˈtir-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce arterially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arterial in a Sentence

Noun

one of the main arterials connecting the airport with the city

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Revenues collected from the sales tax go into funds for highways, arterial roads and public transit. Scott Bourque, azcentral, "Interstate 17 underpasses in north Phoenix slated for flooding fixes," 4 Sep. 2019 If Caltrans’ projections pan out, the backup will prompt drivers to use arterial roads, clogging the streets of Orinda and Lafayette. Daniel Borenstein, The Mercury News, "Borenstein: Expect massive East Bay traffic backup this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 And the $22 million that the city already spends each year patching potholes, rehabbing arterial roadways and reconstructing city streets? Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "It’s official: St. Paul streets are worse than Minneapolis and fading fast," 6 Aug. 2019 With current funding levels, arterial streets are on a 124-year reconstruction cycle. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "It’s official: St. Paul streets are worse than Minneapolis and fading fast," 6 Aug. 2019 With the project shelved, the City Council last summer requested that the $25 million in matching funds for the project be reallocated to fund improvements to arterial highways and roads to ease traffic congestion. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coronado takes stand against SANDAG leader’s plan to redirect TransNet funds," 24 July 2019 Lake Calumet, the Calumet River, a history of heavy industry and truck-heavy arterial roads all make getting around without a car a challenge. Meghan Kelly, chicagotribune.com, "Where will Chicago's first casino land? Here's how the 5 proposed sites compare.," 9 Aug. 2019 Such demonstrations are defined under the Tuscaloosa City Code as an event with fewer than 20 people that is at least 10 feet away from a major arterial road. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Alabama appeals court sides with pro-life activist who challenged $250 ticket from Tuscaloosa cop," 12 July 2019 The arterial sprays, neck-breaking and removing of faces are hilariously staged. Clark Collis, EW.com, "The Room of horror Glenn Danzig's Verotika gets poster and release date," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The events occasionally draw as many as 1,000 spectators, and race participants have been known to attempt to block freeways and urban arterials like Marine Drive. oregonlive, "4 arrested in Portland street-racing operation, police say," 9 Sep. 2019 Dozens of wooden crosses lined Skyway Road, the main arterial into town, a handmade gift that commemorated each life lost in the fire from an artist in Chicago. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 The races occasionally draw up to 1,000 spectators and the racing participants have been known to attempt to block freeways and urban arterials like Marine Drive for their races. oregonlive.com, "2 arrested, 22 cited by Portland police in street racing operation," 16 July 2019 Eastbound traffic was snarled Tuesday afternoon in several of the city’s main arterial roads in Midtown Anchorage. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Large brush fire slows in East Anchorage as officials warn of high fire danger," 3 July 2019 Industrial sites, the Bishop Ford Freeway, rail lines, truck-laden arterial roads and Lake Calumet all create challenges for those biking, walking or using public transit. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Chicago's daunting budget hole, Mamby's move to Montrose makes waves and other things to know to start your day," 17 June 2019 Two-way traffic reopened on 23rd Avenue, a major arterial, early last year. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Traffic Lab mailbag: How to deal with parking limits when you go on vacation, what’s happening on 23rd Avenue?," 11 Sep. 2018 Of those, roughly half are expected to meander along the waterfront, while half are expected to use the tunnel, then swing east or west using Mercer Street or other arterials, state officials have long predicted. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "What will the Highway 99 tunnel opening mean for bus routes, detours and tsunamis? We answer those questions and more," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce arterial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce arterially (audio) \ adverb

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