check·​point | \ ˈchek-ˌpȯint \

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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They were nearly discovered by agents during a routine search at a highway checkpoint. Nicholas Kulish,, "Desperation led migrant to face perils, and price, of smuggling," 1 July 2018 Every Monday evening, dozens of pickups filled with the hopeful pass through a checkpoint at the edge of the city. Washington Post, "Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 Police on Monday said a 62-year-old man sped through a checkpoint near an intersection where lava was approaching. CBS News, "Hawaii volcano lava destroys more homes, including Big Island mayor's," 5 June 2018 The photographer and her guides drove five hours over a rough, bumpy road and through a checkpoint in Berahile before reaching the salt flat and sulphur pools near Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Unreal Views of the Trippy Colors in Ethiopia's Danakil Desert," 15 May 2018 The improvised explosive device, which appeared to involve parts of a vacuum cleaner, did not make it through the checkpoint as it was detected as a suspicious item. Kate Samuelson, Fortune, "TV Crew Arrested Trying to Smuggle 'Bomb' Through Airport Security, TSA Says," 19 Jan. 2018 But the burden placed on TSA has flared consistently throughout the month, with a security checkpoint at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport closing temporarily due to thinning personnel earlier in January. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown," 23 Jan. 2019 Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Zabul province early Wednesday, killing four police, according to the provincial police chief, Mustafa Mayar, who said another three officers were wounded. Rahim Faiez And Amir Shah, Fox News, "Afghan officials: Taliban attack in north kills 30 troops," 15 Aug. 2018 Thirty guns were found at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during May, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mark Howell said. Brinley Hineman, USA TODAY, "Record number of guns confiscated at Atlanta airport, world's busiest," 7 June 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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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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