speed bump


Definition of speed bump 

: a low raised ridge across a roadway (as in a parking lot) to limit vehicle speed

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These features sound incidental, but each of them operates like a speed bump, slowing the algorithm down, and giving humans a chance to intervene. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor," 13 Aug. 2018 Each step is a potential speed bump, poised to give your day a rough start. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "6 Tricks to Get Your Kids Out the Door Faster," 23 July 2018 But Kitty’s rise to fame hasn’t been without its speed bumps, with the model causing controversy for her comments about the homeless in 2016. Hannah Paine, Fox News, "Why Princess Diana's niece doesn't mind being in the spotlight," 15 July 2018 The 8th gen processors introduced turbo mode, in which one of the processor cores could be given a speed bump that gave it an extra edge. Richard Baguley, Ars Technica, "Review: Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price," 17 Nov. 2018 However, exchanges utilizing speed bumps still account for only a small fraction of overall trading volume. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "SEC Won’t Release ‘Speed Bump’ Study It Promised Two Years Ago," 24 Oct. 2018 There have been some regulatory speed bumps in some cities, which haven’t been helped by the aggressive rollout strategies some of these startups have employed. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Scooter startup Bird will discount rides for people in low-income brackets," 19 July 2018 On the road to today’s graduation ceremonies, Chinchilla encountered many potholes and speed bumps. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Johnny Chinchilla: immigrant, veteran, cancer survivor, single father and, now, college grad," 27 May 2018 There are also no speed bumps, stop signs, or speed limit markers for the length of Spring Street where the car is said to have driven. BostonGlobe.com, "Woman killed, two others injured in Medford pedestrian crash," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of speed bump

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speed bump was in 1972

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English Language Learners Definition of speed bump

: a low raised ridge across a road or parking lot that causes people to drive more slowly

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Kids Definition of speed bump

: a low ridge built across a roadway (as in a parking lot) to limit vehicle speed

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