grade crossing


: a crossing of highways, railroad tracks, or pedestrian walks or combinations of these on the same level

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or a nearby grade crossing might prompt frequent train horns in the middle of the night. Taylor Walcik, Dallas News, 31 July 2022 Another planned project along the route at Centinela Avenue would further disrupt the full line with construction to create an above-grade crossing, forcing riders on buses to make the connection. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 In 1998, the agency made recommendations about technology that could alert drivers of the presence of a train when approaching a grade crossing. Fox News, 28 June 2022 According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 2,148 highway-rail grade crossing collisions across the U.S. in 2021, causing 236 deaths and 662 injuries. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 In addition, federal officials cited Florida’s five-year average of 2.84 incidents per grade crossing, compared to 1.51 nationally, as one element that drew their additional scrutiny. David Lyons,, 23 Feb. 2022 The agency’s inspections of Florida crossings will start next month in the Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville areas, said James Payne, the agency’s staff director of grade crossing and trespass outreach. David Lyons,, 23 Feb. 2022 Walsh said that the town will be working with the DOT on an at-grade crossing that will allow pedestrians to cross the tracks and get to the park. Steve Smith,, 20 Jan. 2022 According to village statistics, there have been 45 crashes at the grade crossing between 1956 and 2005 that resulted in seven fatalities and 27 injuries. Gary Gibula,, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grade crossing was circa 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Grade crossing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

grade crossing

: a crossing (as of highways, railroad tracks, or pedestrian walks) on the same level
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