stop·​light | \ ˈstäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce stoplight (audio) \

Definition of stoplight

1 : a light on the rear of a motor vehicle that is illuminated when the driver presses the brake pedal

Examples of stoplight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a stoplight, another cyclist, with a speaker blasting dubstep, pulled up. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 At a stoplight, Grohl rolls down the window of his SUV, lights a cigarette, and takes a lengthy, ambivalent drag. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 James painted her a little stoplight and the rest of the men are slacking!! Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 In Phoenix, a type of stoplight saves lives by giving pedestrians more control over traffic. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Aug. 2021 Just and Lusk both point to successful efforts within independent grocery stores to implement stoplight or star systems that grade foods on nutritional value. Tess Joosse, Scientific American, 25 Aug. 2021 First, the White House should appoint a supply chain czar who can oversee the supply chain from a high level and help get containers moving more quickly by serving as the traffic cop at a busy intersection where the stoplight has stopped working. Thomas Harman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 On the way, Williams saw his mother, Latonya Crowley, in a car at a stoplight on her way out of town for the weekend. Jason Dearen, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Where the nearest stoplight is some 90 miles away in Soldotna. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of stoplight

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stoplight was in 1926

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18 Oct 2021

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“Stoplight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stoplight


stop·​light | \ ˈstäp-ˌlīt How to pronounce stoplight (audio) \

Kids Definition of stoplight

2 : a light on the rear of a motor vehicle that goes on when the driver presses the brake pedal

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