traffic cone


Definition of traffic cone

: a conical marker used on a road or highway (as for indicating an area under repair)

Examples of traffic cone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One caller stated that an oncoming driver had crossed left of center while dragging a traffic cone underneath his Chrysler Pacifica. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Erratic driver reaches for food, clips landscaping van with cone to go: Bentleyville Police Blotter," 19 June 2020 One white woman was observed applying an adhesive to a traffic cone in an attempt to adhere it to the roadway while a black protester walked by, turning his head in apparent surprise. Anchorage Daily News, "White instigators to blame for much of mayhem, officials say," 2 June 2020 Camden High Street in north London is a mess of barriers and traffic cones, which take road space away from parked cars and give it to pedestrians. The Economist, "The great land grab Walkers and cyclists are using the covid-19 crisis to swipe road space," 23 May 2020 Signs, tape and orange traffic cones remind them to keep their distance from the 39 people who work there. Los Angeles Times, "‘This is a siege’: Inside the NYPD depot at the heart of New York’s coronavirus fight," 24 Apr. 2020 And not with temporary signs or traffic cones, either. John King,, "During coronavirus crisis, traffic restricted on some local streets. Berkeley’s done it for years," 24 Apr. 2020 Showing the defensive tenacity of a traffic cone, the Rockets checked out early, falling behind by as much as 32 on the way to a 126-106 debacle of a loss on Sunday, their fourth loss in seven days, their third to a team far beneath .500. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Slumping Rockets get stomped by Magic," 8 Mar. 2020 But for those who live past the army trucks and traffic cones that show the lengths this country is willing to go in an attempt to contain the virus, life is far from usual. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "‘People are getting a little crazy’: Life in Italy’s coronavirus red-zone," 28 Feb. 2020 The following day in Greeley, Colo., a police impersonator pulled drivers into an area blocked off by yellow traffic cones. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "Crisis Gives Fake Cops an Opening to Exploit," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of traffic cone

1953, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2020

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“Traffic cone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of traffic cone

: a brightly colored plastic cone that is placed on a road to warn drivers not to drive too close to an area where work is being done, an accident has occurred, etc.

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