rumble strip


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

Examples of rumble strip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Workers will also repair guardrails, install new rumble strips on the shoulders and apply new road markings and signs as the project winds down. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 28 Aug. 2023 At one point, the SUV shakes as his driver veers onto the highway's rumble strip, but Ramaswamy looks only momentarily startled before launching back into a response. Time, 17 Aug. 2023 His head bounces inside the cockpit as a wheel shudders over a rumble strip. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, 13 May 2023 But the rumble strip undulates with two-inch deep grooves. Sean P. Murphy,, 6 Mar. 2023 Another way is to step onto the rumble strip and climb over the 20-inch steel barrier. Sean P. Murphy,, 6 Mar. 2023 The friend then heard Fonseca-Rivera’s truck hitting the rumble strip alongside the highway. Andrew Brinker,, 16 Dec. 2021 Lobbying Lineup Five groups that lobbied on House Bill 51, which would require the Ohio Department of Transportation to install center-line rumble strips on all two-lane highways with a speed limit of at least 45 miles per hour. cleveland, 6 Jan. 2020 In addition to paving, the project includes installation of rumble strips and permanent striping. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rumble strip was in 1957

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“Rumble strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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