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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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 In January, Gonzalez wrote about the killing of a Tamaulipas journalist who was stabbed to death while waiting with his family at a stoplight. Kate Linthicum,, "Another journalist has been killed in Mexico — the sixth this year," 30 May 2018 Traffic would be controlled inside the project with roundabouts instead of stoplights. David Garrick,, "Merge 56 project strives to be new model for suburban development," 15 May 2018 Buick added a button to disable the stop-start feature that shuts the engine off at stoplights and other times when the vehicle is idling. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "First drive: 2019 Buick Envision cuts prices up to $2,400, adds power," 26 Feb. 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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