traffic light


Definition of traffic light

: a visual signal (such as a system of colored lights) for controlling traffic

Examples of traffic light in a Sentence

Take a left at the traffic light.
Recent Examples on the Web Every day this week bankers and professionals have taken to the streets during lunch-breaks, blocking traffic as masked protesters nearby smash traffic lights and set fire to bins. The Economist, "Confrontation in Hong Kong is turning ever uglier," 13 Nov. 2019 Never try to get moving in a hurry, and take the time to slow down for traffic lights. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "For the Hoosiers who forgot, here's how to drive in snow without being a dangerous jerk," 11 Nov. 2019 Police noted traffic lights near 47th Avenue and Bethany Home road were affected by the outage. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Truck knocks out power lines in Glendale, causing outage," 6 Nov. 2019 In Marin County, just north of San Francisco, the sheriff’s office warned that a power shut-off would likely knock out some traffic lights., "SAN FRANCISCO — About 90,000 residents were ordered to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility began power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger.," 27 Oct. 2019 In Marin County, just north of San Francisco, the sheriff's office warned that a power shut-off would likely knock out some traffic lights. Anchorage Daily News, "New evacuations, power outages near California wildfire," 26 Oct. 2019 Other recommendations include narrowing road lanes to slow traffic and coordinating traffic signals to keep motorists from speeding and passing through multiple traffic lights. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Council members, Mayor Barrett decry reckless driving in wake of fatal hit-and-run, call for state assistance," 26 Oct. 2019 The outage has racked up a bill of at least half a million dollars for the city of San Jose, where Mayor Sam Liccardo warned residents to make emergency kits and shelter in place as the loss of power put some traffic lights out. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Raging fires and hundreds of thousands without power. Officials fear it's the 'new abnormal' for California," 12 Oct. 2019 Hamilton’s station served about 1,400 people in a town with one traffic light and one main highway; the next closest station is 14 miles away. Christian Gravius, The Seattle Times, "As police and firefighter numbers fall, officials urge prep," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of traffic light

1912, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of traffic light was in 1912

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English Language Learners Definition of traffic light

: an electric lamp that usually has a red, a green, and a yellow light and that is used to control traffic

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Kids Definition of traffic light

: a visual signal (as a set of colored lights) for controlling the flow of vehicles

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