rest area


Definition of rest area 

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

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On the Boeing 757-200 model aircraft, like the one flown from Newark to Glasgow, one of the 16 lie-flat business class seats is reserved for as the crew rest area, according to The Points Guy. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "United pilot seen sleeping during flight was following FAA regulations, reports find," 13 Sep. 2018 Some remained in their 18-wheelers along the highways, while others moved their vehicles to rest areas. Washington Post, "Empty stores, shuttered gas posts in Brazil truckers’ strike," 26 May 2018 Going south, the next rest area is past Cincinnati at exit 181 near Florence, Kentucky. Cameron Knight,, "I-71 rest stops near Lebanon closed until 2019," 8 May 2018 However, truckers often pull into rest areas and find all the parking spots filled. Martin E. Comas,, "New sensors alert truckers to open spaces on I-4 rest area in Seminole, others on I-95," 27 June 2018 On a recent visit, I was startled by a family of bighorn sheep lounging on a picnic ramada at the rest area. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018 The crash occurred around milepost 208 in Arlington, just north of the Smokey Point rest area. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Oregon woman killed in I-5 collision near Arlington caused by wrong-way driver," 2 July 2018 The sensor system is also being installed at rest areas along Interstate 75 in Marion and Sumter counties. Martin E. Comas,, "New sensors alert truckers to open spaces on I-4 rest area in Seminole, others on I-95," 27 June 2018 Photos by Caroline Støvring, Morfeus Arkitekter via Norwegian Scenic Routes Continuing the theme of architecturally spectacular rest areas, here’s another one from Norway that looks too good to be what is in fact a bathroom. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Concrete rest stop mimics its rocky site," 11 June 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rest area

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

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