check·​point | \ ˈchek-ˌpȯint How to pronounce checkpoint (audio) \

Definition of checkpoint

: a point at which a check is performed vehicles were inspected at various checkpoints

Examples of checkpoint in a Sentence

Our car was stopped at a police checkpoint before we were permitted to cross the border.

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Cogswell said travelers will be signed up at a table near the entrance to the security checkpoint. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up," 19 June 2019 After our bus journeyed back to the Exclusion Zone exit checkpoints, we were tested for radioactive dust on devices that looked like subway turnstiles. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 In recent weeks, Mexican authorities have set up immigration checkpoints along main northbound highways and have been aggressively detaining and deporting thousands of migrants from Central America, Haiti and Cuba. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Americans make up Mexico’s largest demographic of immigrants," 17 June 2019 In recent weeks, Mexican authorities have set up immigration checkpoints along the main northbound highway and have been aggressively detaining and deporting thousands of migrants. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.," 13 June 2019 The Transportation Security Administration, which runs the screening lines at airports, has a road map to bring biometrics to checkpoints for domestic travelers, too. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Don’t smile for surveillance: Why airport face scans are a privacy trap," 10 June 2019 The week before my February visit to the Castasegna checkpoint, Swiss customs discovered three more shahtooshes—the equivalent of 12 dead Tibetan antelope. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019 Israelis are willing to tolerate considerably more intrusion into their lives for security, such as checkpoints, given the threat level in that country, Morag said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 Early Friday morning, a man walked up to a DTW security checkpoint, took off his clothes, and removed a security barrier to approach a metal detector. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Naked man stopped trying to get through security at Detroit Metro Airport," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of checkpoint

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkpoint was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of checkpoint

: a place where people, cars, etc., are searched by someone (such as a police officer) before being allowed to continue



Legal Definition of checkpoint

: a point at which an inspection or investigation is performed a checkpoint to uncover drunk drivers

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