stop·​light | \ˈstäp-ˌlīt \

Definition of stoplight 

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

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But Povilaitis, 43, a mother of two from a one-stoplight town, was a specialist in these cases and a particularly passionate one at that. Jason Schmidt, Glamour, "The Army of Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar," 30 Oct. 2018 The heart of tupelo honey production is Wewahitchka, a one-stoplight town about 15 miles (25 kilometers) inland from where Michael made landfall Oct. 10 with 155-mph (250-kph) winds. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018 Since the oil wells slowed down, the biggest economic engines in this no-stoplight town are the county school district, which serves about 300 kids, and a row of makeshift casinos run out of dilapidated houses lining the highway. Sarah Garland, NBC News, "Workers are climbing wind turbines to the middle class," 14 Apr. 2018 Unless, that is, you’re being hunted by a stoplight loosejaw dragonfish. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 2018 Five victims and survivors will attend from Sutherland Springs where a 26-year-old sprayed a church with bullets before gunning down the congregation inside in November, making the one-stoplight town the site of the state's deadliest mass shooting. Andrea Zelinski, Houston Chronicle, "Cruz to join listening session with Santa Fe, Sutherland Spring victims," 24 May 2018 The boxes, which were painted by the city starting last year, allow bikes to get ahead of car traffic at stoplights. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 Sasser, 37, slowed at a stoplight at State Road 453 behind a Ford Fiesta driven by 33-year-old Samuel Smith. Isabelle D'antonio,, "Motorcyclist struck, killed by SUV on SR 46, troopers say," 1 Apr. 2018 In Mexico, Carlos Dominguez, an opinion columnist who wrote about gang violence and politics, was stabbed 21 times while waiting at stoplight with his family. Ruby Mellen, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of stoplight

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stop·​light | \ˈstäp-ˌlīt \

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

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