rumble strip


Definition of rumble strip

: a strip of corrugated pavement (as along the edge of a highway) that causes rumbling and vibration when driven over

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Recent Examples on the Web Two lanes will be closed for striping and installing rumble strips. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Downed trees block streets in southwest neighborhoods," 29 Oct. 2019 New traffic safety features were added, includingguardrails and centerline rumble strips to keep drivers from drifting into oncoming traffic. Washington Post, "Rebuilt Beach Drive to reopen Friday," 25 Sep. 2019 Perhaps Caltrans could add rumble strips, bumps or tables periodically to keep speed in check. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Water leak on Highway 101 getting fixed Monday: Roadshow," 25 Aug. 2019 The musical notes are created by a set of grooves that vibrate the car wheels like a rumble strip. Trevor Cox, National Geographic, "15 musical wonders to see—and hear," 31 July 2019 In the intervening years, the county was able to make some improvements recommended in a 2008 federal audit, such as install rumble strips, speed limit signs and a solid centerline., "Buckle up: Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will close for 11 weeks, expect delays and detours abound," 24 June 2019 Just then, a car drove over rumble strips on nearby Galm Road and the officer noticed a drastic change in the woman's body language. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Pair climb tree to get away from 'feral hog' in Texas park, but that's not what was chasing them," 4 July 2019 The project also includes the installation of rumble strips and permanent striping once paving is finished., "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: I-405 Ramps Project traffic delays and closures this week," 25 June 2019 Portable rumble strips will be placed approaching the closures to alert drivers to slow. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of rumble strip

1957, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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“Rumble strip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of rumble strip

: a set of grooves along the edge of a highway or across a road that cause noise and shaking when they are driven over and that are used to warn drivers that they need to slow down or are too close to the edge of the road

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