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Definition of red-light

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having numerous houses of prostitution a red-light district

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Definition of red light (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warning signal especially : a red traffic signal

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Examples of red-light in a Sentence

Noun the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Horrified by a particular intersection where red lights are routinely run? Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Put brakes on running stoplights," 23 Nov. 2019 Corden cast himself in the role of Elsa for the first portion of the production, which involves taking over crosswalks in Los Angeles during red lights and then frantically fleeing to the sidewalk before getting hit by oncoming traffic. Nick Romano,, "Frozen cast 'Let It Go' into the streets with James Corden's Crosswalk Theater," 21 Nov. 2019 In Denver, reckless drivers who blew through red lights caused at least 4,456 crashes since 2014, resulting in 97 serious injuries and nine deaths, according to the Denver Police Department. Andy Bosselman, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: To save lives, Denver must commit to more red-light cameras," 15 Nov. 2019 Now, that should be a bright, flashing red light for both Republican office-holders and for President Trump next year. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 10, 2019," 10 Nov. 2019 The suspect then reportedly accelerated through the red light at the main Five Points West intersection, crashing into an oncoming motorist and causing a chain reaction of more wrecks. Carol Robinson |, al, "4 hospitalized after massive crash in Birmingham during chase by Jefferson County deputies, Live PD," 10 Nov. 2019 Lynn attempted to cross the intersection on a red light and hit the passenger side of the Suzuki, Montes said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Florida man arrested on DUI manslaughter charge after crash kills 2 girls, grandfather," 8 Nov. 2019 Retinal ganglion cells that take up the gene can then respond to red light projected into the eye. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "New technologies promise sharper artificial vision for blind people," 31 Oct. 2019 He was stopped for failing to stop for a flashing red light, according to a State Police spokesman., "A North Attleborough man was arrested for alleged drunken driving in a central Vermont city Sunday morning, according to Vermont State Police.," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of red-light


1900, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red-light was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Red-light.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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: having many prostitutes

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