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

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Banning, Scott, and other customers expect Tesla to roll out a steady succession of enhancements to Autopilot functionality, perhaps better handling situations like stoplights, on- and off-ramps, and so forth. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla pulled the “full self-driving” option—here’s what customers think," 25 Oct. 2018 The Jasters’ lives and memories are rooted in Cavalier, a town in the middle of corn, wheat and sugar-beet fields, with one stoplight, two restaurants and nine churches. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "For Elderly in Rural Areas, Volunteers Step In," 10 Dec. 2018 And some, like me, end up buying property here despite the fact that (or because) this globally renowned cultural mecca consists of a single stoplight, a few dusty streets, and a hodgepodge of mostly unassuming architecture. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 The sheriff said there was, in fact, a red pickup truck driven by a white man seen at a stoplight just before the shooting, but the driver did not appear to have been involved. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Houston wins praise for handling of girl’s drive-by shooting," 7 Jan. 2019 The Valley still has no chain restaurants and no stoplights; the grocery store in Twisp has a taxidermy display that includes lions. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite," 19 Sep. 2018 Yellow police tape surrounded the one-way block of Michigan Avenue, where a dark SUV was parked north of the stoplight at 37th Street, with its lights on and drivers door open. Deanese Williams-harris,, "5 wounded in South Side shootings," 7 June 2018 Once regulars of Barneys, the Rose family is left high and dry in a one-stoplight town with nothing but each other and the the vestiges of their former wealth. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Schitt’s Creek Is Giving the Gift of Fashion This Holiday Season—and All 2019 Long," 20 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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