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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Last year, the strain of so many passengers brought long lines at TSA checkpoints, crowded parking garages and overwhelmed ticket lobbies. Kevin Spear,, "Orlando International is nation's 11th busiest airport, up from 13th," 24 Apr. 2018 Blocked from the first checkpoint, Moore unsuccessfully tried two others. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "An airline employee tried to bypass security. He got 14 months in prison instead. | Charlotte Observer," 20 Apr. 2018 So the way that my arm responds to that is going to be a big checkpoint, basically. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get To Know: Q&A with Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson," 9 Apr. 2018 Of course there is value in learning the facts and figures about pregnancy from health-care providers: the checkpoints, myriad milestones, and how best to care for ourselves through the process. Jessica Zucker, SELF, "Please Stop Telling People Not to Share Their Pregnancy News Until It's 'Safe'," 29 Mar. 2018 Many scenes are graphic and disturbing: checkpoints, Islamic State extremism, beheadings, cold shoulders, dangerous seas, hunger and bare-bones camps. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new children’s books, March 25," 22 Mar. 2018 According to Human Rights Watch, Xinjiang's public security bureau is aggregating data from sources such as closed-circuit TV cameras, security checkpoints, and residents' networked devices. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 2018 Contrary to Bilelo's tweets, a security checkpoint at Houston's Bush International was closed on Monday due to a staffing shortage. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Passenger Accidentally Brought Firearm on Flight, TSA Confirms," 14 Jan. 2019 The motorbikes, which moved closely together, pulled up alongside a car and four officers manning opposite sides of the checkpoint. Niniek Karmini,, "Police headquarters in Indonesian city attacked after church bombings," 14 May 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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