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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Long criticized for reusing old cores in its recent CPUs, Intel on Wednesday showed off a new 10nm Sunny Cove core that will bring faster single-threaded and multi-threaded performance along with major speed bumps from new instructions. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Surprise! Intel reveals 10nm Sunny Cove CPU cores that go deeper, wider, and faster," 12 Dec. 2018 The commission has until May 14 to determine whether the speed bump can go into effect. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "ICE Wants to Bring First ‘Speed Bump’ to Futures Markets," 15 Feb. 2019 This particular speed bump has now been removed, and manual checking for updates is now unthrottled. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users," 18 Dec. 2018 There are speed bumps that don’t directly affect travelers, such as a freeze on new aircraft certification, new licenses for mechanics and other workers. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What to Know About Airport Security During the Government Shutdown," 16 Jan. 2019 But the road to a royal wedding has no speed limit, and Markle and Harry cruised toward destination holy matrimony (with a few speed bumps along the way). Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 15 Oct. 2018 The car slows down for speed bumps, accelerates for lane changes, and handles a number of difficult maneuvers like unprotected left turns. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 According to four people who spoke to Politico on conditions of anonymity, the Trump administration's plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants has hit a speed bump within the White House itself. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump’s coal rescue is getting more complicated," 16 Oct. 2018 The lack of support could simply be a speed bump on Feinstein's path to reelection in November. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "California Democrats snub of party icon Dianne Feinstein could be a speed bump, or a signal," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of speed bump

1972, in the meaning defined above

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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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