red-light

adjective
\ ˈred-ˈlīt How to pronounce red-light (audio) \

Definition of red-light

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having numerous houses of prostitution a red-light district

red light

noun

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 Itzel Lopez and her boyfriend were sitting at a red light on July 22 in Torrance, Calif. when a White couple stormed out of their pickup truck. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, "A couple yelled ‘white power’ and gave a Nazi salute to a Black driver. They’re charged with a hate crime.," 3 Aug. 2020 When Lopez and her boyfriend approached a red light, the Howells drove in front of them. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Couple who yelled 'white power' at Black man and his girlfriend arrested for hate crimes," 1 Aug. 2020 Each participant was given a small handheld flashlight that emitted a red light with a wavelength of 670 nanometers. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Declining eyesight can be improved by looking at red light, pilot study says," 30 June 2020 Aaryn said she and her boyfriend were stopped at a red light waiting to make a left turn when another vehicle pulled up in the right lane and began firing. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Comedian Rickey Smiley's Daughter, 19, Says She's 'Okay' After Being Shot: 'I'm Happy to Be Alive'," 9 July 2020 This light also has two different CREE XP-E2 emitters that shine green and red light at a lower intensity (150 lumens for the green light and 200 lumens for the red). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Survival Lights You Can Depend on in an Emergency," 2 July 2020 And a 2017 study of visible red light at the edge of infrared reported a 25% improvement in the functioning of retinas in mice. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Declining eyesight can be improved by looking at red light, pilot study says," 30 June 2020 That upheaval may change the red light district for good. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Why Amsterdam's Red Light District May Not Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 June 2020 Abdelsalam’s car ran a red light at East 59th Street and crashed into a car driving south through the intersection. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in drag-racing crash in Cleveland that killed man crossing busy street," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of red-light

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red-light was in 1849

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“Red-light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-light. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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red-light

adjective
How to pronounce red light (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of red-light

: having many prostitutes

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