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 Pennsylvania has closed its rest areas and welcome centers. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Travel in the age of coronavirus: We answer your questions about air travel, hotels, roads," 18 Mar. 2020 Hundreds of miles behind a wheel & the rest area only has vending machines for essential workers? Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 19-20," 24 Apr. 2020 To set up shop at a rest area, food truck operators must first obtain a free permit through ODOT’s website. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio OKs food trucks at highway rest areas during coronavirus emergency," 10 Apr. 2020 Roadside fare: With restaurant closures limiting truckers’ meal options, Ohio has authorized food trucks to open up shop at highway rest areas around the state. cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers growing impatient with coronavirus closures: Capitol Letter," 13 Apr. 2020 Bathrooms at some rest areas have been closed, with Porta Potties now set up alongside some parking lots for truckers. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Coronavirus Upends Trucking Networks, With Heavy One-Way Flows," 25 Mar. 2020 To combat the threat of coronavirus, the state will post information about hand washing in all state rest areas. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine: How Ohio is preparing for coronavirus," 27 Feb. 2020 Soothing colors were selected for patient rooms and other rest areas, and sunny yellows and teals injected energy in corridors and dining halls. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Healthcare would be better if we learned from this old tuberculosis sanatorium in Finland," 4 Jan. 2020 The incident happened on the highway’s eastbound side near the Manassas rest area, according to a report from Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "A bear was struck on I-66 in Manassas, causing delays," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rest area

1971, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Rest area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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