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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The victims were sitting at a stoplight on the service road to the Van Wyck Expressway at North Conduit Avenue when two gunmen walked up to their Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicle and opened fire, according to the police. Ashley Southall And Sean Piccoli, New York Times, "One Killed, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Stoplight in Queens," 28 Jan. 2018 That driver - later identified as Thomas - started following the couple's car and eventually pulled up beside them at a stoplight, according to court filings. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston road rage killing suspect arrested after days on the run," 4 July 2019 The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m., when a 27-year-old man driving a westbound 2017 Nissan Altima ran a stoplight at Cesar Chavez Parkway and National Avenue, according to the San Diego Police Department. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police SUV struck by car, crashes into Barrio Logan building; officer, 2 others hurt," 26 June 2019 The 24-year-old was cited for running a stoplight, obstructing official business, drug abuse, paraphernalia and failing to provide a license., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Additionally, some stoplights near the airport stopped working during the storm. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth travelers should expect delays at the airport after Sunday storms," 24 June 2019 Young actors trained as mimes were posted at crosswalks to encourage drivers not to invade pedestrian space, and to wait for stoplights to fully change from red to green before charging into the crossroad. Juan Cristóbal Cobo, National Geographic, "This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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