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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López Obrador said at a morning news conference, responding to questioning about checkpoints where cross-border traffic was seen coming and going freely. Washington Post, "Mexico migration chief resigns, prisons director tapped," 14 June 2019 In 1990, the US Supreme Court upheld, 6-3, police checkpoints that examined drivers for signs of intoxication., "This day in history," 13 June 2019 Last week, the group claimed responsibility for the killing of eight policemen in an assault on a checkpoint near El-Arish. Ashraf Sweilam, Fox News, "Egypt officials say roadside bomb wounds 6 police in Sinai," 13 June 2019 Instead, during game day, temporary barriers will be used to create a security checkpoint. Anna Beahm |,, "Conceptual design for BJCC stadium approved," 12 June 2019 The need for trade with Mexico is readily apparent to Ruben Norton, 36, who runs a sporting goods store with his father just blocks from the border checkpoint. NBC News, "Texas border town feels stress of Trump tariff threat against Mexico," 10 June 2019 Several federal policemen stand by, watching the improvised checkpoint. Juan Montes, WSJ, "In Mexico’s South, Police Check Buses, Trains in Migrant Crackdown," 10 June 2019 Explosive-sniffing dogs, sharpshooters, security perimeters, license-plate camera scanners, and checkpoints are in full-force. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "How We'll Stop Chemical Attacks," 28 Apr. 2019 Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia has implemented new facial recognition technology at checkpoints throughout the facility. Fox News, "Airport's facial recognition technology catches 2 people attempting to enter US illegally," 12 Sep. 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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