rest area


Definition of rest area

: an area adjacent to a highway at which restrooms and refreshments are usually available

Examples of rest area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her remains were found Monday less than a mile from the rest area between Hardin and Billings, during a systematic search. Andy Rose And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Montana teen probably died from weather exposure, investigators say," 23 Jan. 2020 It can be seen in the median near Milepost 254, just north of the Sunset Point rest area. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Famous tree on I-17 by Sunset Point, hurt by summer fire, is still decorated for Christmas," 25 Dec. 2019 The crash was reported around 5:05 a.m. on south I-5 near the Aliso Creek rest area, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fatal crash on south I-5 near Camp Pendleton after big rig slams into sedan," 14 Oct. 2019 There are rest areas with benches on both legs of the loop to take a break if needed. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "McDowell Mountain park is pretty busy. This scenic trail lets you get away from the crowd," 27 Feb. 2020 Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, was last seen outside a rest area off Interstate 90 between Hardin and Billings, according to the FBI's be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) notice. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Montana girl Selena Not Afraid, 16, has been missing since New Year's Day. The FBI is asking for help to find her," 9 Jan. 2020 Kentucky law only requires the POW/MIA flag to fly or be displayed at rest areas around the state. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Beshear's office takes flak after POW/MIA flag comes down at Kentucky Capitol," 13 Dec. 2019 Northam on Wednesday announced a new contract with Trane to replace more than 9,600 lights on Virginia roads, rest areas and weigh stations. USA TODAY, "Lego impeachment, emotional support coyote, mumbo sauce: News from around our 50 states," 21 Dec. 2019 The lane closures will be between the Gee Creek rest area and Northeast 134th Street/Salmon Creek. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday traffic: Fallen tree blocks SW Jefferson at 1st Ave.," 30 Oct. 2019

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Rest area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rest area

US : an area next to a highway where people can stop to rest, use the bathroom, get food, etc.

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