gridlock

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noun grid·lock \ˈgrid-ˌläk\

Definition of gridlock

  1. 1 :  a traffic jam in which a grid of intersecting streets is so completely congested that no vehicular movement is possible

  2. 2 :  a situation resembling gridlock (as in congestion or lack of movement) political gridlock

gridlock

transitive verb

Examples of gridlock in a Sentence

  1. An accident caused gridlock at rush hour yesterday.

  2. We were caught in a gridlock.

  3. Disagreements about funding have caused legislative gridlock in Congress.

1980

First Known Use of gridlock

1980


GRIDLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

gridlock

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noun grid·lock \ˈgrid-ˌläk\

Definition of gridlock for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which streets are so full that vehicles cannot move

  • : a situation in which no progress can be made



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