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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Amazon drivers are forced to pee in bottles, break the speed limit and face intimidation from bosses to get their deliveries out in time, it has been claimed. Fox News, "Amazon drivers reveal they 'pee in bottles and face intimidation and missing wages': report," 13 Sep. 2018 The coolest feature is a hologram-like screen that hovers at the bottom of the windshield on the driver's side and shows your speed, the speed limit, and GPS directions. Susan Spencer, Woman's Day, "A Weekend with the Girls in a BMW 435i Convertible," 17 July 2014 The area is a construction zone with a posted speed limit of 60 mph. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "State Police bust driver going 120 mph through I-69 construction zone," 26 June 2018 Hendricks lives in Florida, and was driving on US 19 in Clearwater, where there is indeed a speed limit of 55 mph, reports ABC Action News. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He was clocked driving 100 mph, cops say. But he didn't slow down.," 20 June 2018 This is a suitable speed limit given how most consumers are likely to be using the vehicle. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Detroit-Built Mahindra Roxor Off-Road Vehicle Revealed: Is This the Mini Jeep We Need?," 2 Mar. 2018 The Indiana Department of Transportation has recommended a change in speed limits on Ind. 32 and Ind. 38, according to Noblesville spokesperson Robert Herrington. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Speed limit, sign changes coming to Hamilton County roads in Noblesville," 11 June 2018 But for policy makers and markets, an important question is what is happening to potential growth, a sort of speed limit for the economy. Richard Barley, WSJ, "How Fast Can the Global Economy Go?," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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