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

Brown has admitted shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in 2014 as Tevlin sat in his car at a traffic light in West Orange, a few miles from Newark. Fox News, "Man on 'jihad' faces sentencing in college student's murder," 1 May 2018 Two sets of traffic lights would be added to a short span of Main Street — the local name for Route 1 — that funnels about 25,000 cars a day to and from a two-lane bridge across the Sheepscot River in summer. Brian Macquarrie,, "In picturesque Maine town, traffic is a double-edged sword," 7 Apr. 2018 Once all of the planned work is completed, overpasses and exit/entrance ramps will replace the existing series of traffic lights and intersections on Ohio 32 between I-275 and Batavia. Sheila Vilvens,, "Why more construction on Ohio 32? Because by 2030 it will carry 79,000 vehicles per day, projections say," 8 Feb. 2018 Witnesses told local media the vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the bridge collapsed on top of them at around 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT). Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place conducts drainage study," 7 July 2018 The vehicles in the collision were waiting for a traffic light at Wauwatosa and West Mequon roads. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg man faces charges in chain-reaction collision in Mequon," 25 June 2018 There are eight traffic lights along the 2½-mile stretch. Anne Geggis,, "Express lanes from Sawgrass to I-95: Your sneak peek at what they'll look like," 20 Apr. 2018 Sacramento officials on Thursday defended the change, saying city standards indicate a crosswalk is dangerous at high-volume streets if no other safety enhancements are present, such as a traffic light. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento erased crosswalk two months before woman, child were struck by hit-and-run driver," 1 Feb. 2018 Across the island, roads are usable, but many traffic lights are dark. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "How and When to Go Back to Puerto Rico," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of traffic light

1912, in the meaning defined above

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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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