traffic circle

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As the game played out, residents from all corners of Tijuana gathered to watch by the traffic circle with the giant statue of the Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc, the traditional venue for soccer victory celebrations. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "¡Viva Korea! Losing to Sweden, Mexican soccer fans cheer Korean team," 27 June 2018 But even as the crowd observed a moment of silence for those who died in the protests, a little over a mile away Sandinista Youth dismantled a memorial to the victims that had sprung up in a traffic circle. Washington Post, "In Nicaragua, deadly protest crackdown spurs Ortega critics," 4 May 2018 As Washington traffic circles go, Westmoreland — at the intersection of Massachusetts and Western avenues NW — is rather plain: just a big grassy disk. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1932, the Garden Club of America thought D.C. needed fancier entryways," 5 May 2018 Police drone footage showed traffic flowing on city streets and traffic circles, even as boats - including popular tours - were unable to travel beneath Paris' bridges because of low or nonexistent clearance. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "A drenched Paris manages to just miss the damaging effects of flooding," 27 Jan. 2018 The blaring of a live saxophonist and the clinking of glasses drown out the hum of rush-hour traffic circling the beer garden at 5 Constitution Plaza. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "Spectra Wired Café Opens Bar5, A Patio And Beer Garden In Downtown Hartford," 28 June 2018 Officials are also exploring the idea to create a traffic circle at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Frederick Road, which becomes Main Street, as another way to slow drivers. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "County testing lane shift to slow traffic in Ellicott City," 11 May 2018 The plan also places a priority on adding two traffic circles per year and also connecting existing bike lanes. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "Think Charlotte's a terrible city for biking? Here's how the city hopes to change that.," 21 June 2018 Authorities are investigating after a passing driver spotted a shooting victim in the middle of a traffic circle outside a Douglas County neighborhood. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "BREAKING: Shooting victim found outside Douglas County neighborhood," 30 May 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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traffic circle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of traffic circle

: a circular area where two or more roads meet and on which all vehicles must go in the same direction

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