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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In March 2017, Mexican military at a checkpoint in Sonora found 18 kilograms of fentanyl hidden in a semi-truck load of bell peppers. Kristina Davis,, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018 Vaughn was stopped at a DUI checkpoint around 1 a.m. local time in Hermosa Beach outside of Los Angeles, California, according to Sgt. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for DUI," 10 June 2018 However, that does not excuse passengers from the hefty fines attached to bringing a gun to a TSA security checkpoint. Brinley Hineman, USA TODAY, "Record number of guns confiscated at Atlanta airport, world's busiest," 7 June 2018 Police have noted Micheli's arrest in April for driving to a checkpoint near the White House and refusing directives to move, a misdemeanor trespassing charge. CBS News, "Tennessee hatchet murder suspect caught in Kentucky," 6 June 2018 At a large checkpoint on the edge of Hotan a policeman orders everyone off a bus. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018 The line grew still longer, curling back so its end was actually drawing closer to the checkpoint. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando airport's security waits are better, officials say, but there can still be long lines," 25 May 2018 On Monday, a second day of attacks came as militants attempted to bomb a police headquarters in the same city but detonated their explosives after being stopped at a checkpoint, according to ABC News. Kate Leaver, Teen Vogue, "At Least 13 People Are Dead After a Family of 6 Allegedly Bombed 3 Churches in Indonesia," 14 May 2018 Presented to the first musher to the White Mountain checkpoint. Anchorage Daily News, "From best checkpoint to rookie of the year, here are the Iditarod special award winners for 2018," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of checkpoint

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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