speed limit


Definition of speed limit

: the maximum or minimum speed permitted by law in a given area under specified circumstances

Examples of speed limit in a Sentence

The speed limit here is 55 mph. She got a ticket for breaking the speed limit.

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Narrow lanes and reduced speed limits will likely cause delays. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama gameday: Complete fan guide to Crimson Tide’s home opener against New Mexico State," 6 Sep. 2019 The legislation also included speed limits and the requirement for a human monitor. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Postmates gets OK to test robot deliveries in San Francisco," 14 Aug. 2019 Some impose fines or speed limits, while others impose parking restrictions. Washington Post, "Fast, not so furious? Europe wrestles with electric scooters," 13 Aug. 2019 Commuters will notice the construction in the form of reduced speed limits and off-ramp closures. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Work begins on second phase of Glenn Highway bridge project in Eagle River," 8 Aug. 2019 Driving one in a world of speed limits and inattentive Prius drivers requires major restraint. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Hundreds of drivers plowed right through school zones, where the speed limit is 20 mph during drop-off and pickup times. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Hundreds of drivers race through school zones, and they’re paying for it," 15 Aug. 2019 The speed limit on Woodside Drive is 25 miles per hour. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Years after a woman's death, Sun City West residents still pushing for a 4-way stop," 3 Aug. 2019 Except where posted, the speed limit in University Heights is 25 MPH. cleveland.com, "Input sought for Shaker Main Library renovation; 12 young Jewish leaders to be recognized; more: Press Run," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of speed limit

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speed limit was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of speed limit

: the highest speed at which you are allowed to drive on a particular road

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