clo·​ver·​leaf | \ ˈklō-vər-ˌlēf How to pronounce cloverleaf (audio) \

Definition of cloverleaf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: resembling a clover leaf in shape


plural cloverleafs\ ˈklō-​vər-​ˌlēfs How to pronounce cloverleafs (audio) \ or cloverleaves\ ˈklō-​vər-​ˌlēvz How to pronounce cloverleaves (audio) \

Definition of cloverleaf (Entry 2 of 2)

: an interchange between two major highways that allows traffic to change from one to the other without requiring any left turns or crossings and that from above resembles a 4-leaf clover

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Illustration of cloverleaf


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Examples of cloverleaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Diverging diamond interchanges are designed to be safer and take up less space than cloverleaf designs. Mary Wisniewski,, "Southerners, women most likely to favor bumper stickers, survey says," 11 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Southbound motorists will be detoured nearly 2 miles out of their way and through two cloverleaf turns before heading back under 495. Washington Post, "Major New York-area traffic bottleneck about to get worse," 23 June 2018 By 1924 a cooperative extension system had been created under the United States Department of Agriculture to create a national 4-H club program, and the famous cloverleaf emblem and mantra of Head-Heart-Hands-Health had been adopted. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "From archery to agriculture, 4-H hopes to nurture a kids’ passion," 16 Apr. 2018 More on Vaccaro's * The restaurant is located in a small complex by the cloverleaf at the Ghent Road exit off Interstate 77. Marc Bona,, "Vaccaro's Trattoria keeps focus on all things Italian - family, food, wine (review)," 12 Apr. 2018 So the path forward is as clear as a cloverleaf exchange, at rush hour, during an earthquake. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Gas tax divides Republicans," 15 Feb. 2018 The cloverleaf shape disrupts the vortex that forms in the blender to promote more comprehensive mixing. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch What Happens When We Take Apart a Blender," 10 June 2015 Three of the eight connecting roads making up the cloverleaf are laid and upon completion, the dual highway from the Chesapeake and Ohio tracks north of U.S. 30 to the end of the concrete already laid a half mile south or Route 8, will be started. Kitty Conley, Post-Tribune, "Lake County Star Newspaper Almanac," 25 Sep. 2017 A The $18 million job will widen and reconfigure the ramps to a partial cloverleaf. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Roadshow: Will Highway 101 lose a lane to express drivers?," 29 May 2017 Imagine entering an arena on horseback and navigating a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels at full speed. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is Wyoming The Most Feminist State Ever?," 14 Apr. 2017

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circa 1884, in the meaning defined above


1931, in the meaning defined above

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