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 By then the cherubic little boy Brown had known had been arrested for joyriding, smashing a traffic light, burglary, and vagrancy. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 Just like a traffic light, businesses go through cycles. Greg Bhatia, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 While he was stopped at a traffic light, a truck rear-ended his Lincoln Navigator. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 At Indiana Avenue's intersection with West St. Clair Street and Paca Street, the project calls for a traffic light. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Sep. 2021 Police found that a vehicle was traveling north on Gilbert Road and veered towards the east, colliding with the traffic light pole on the northeast corner of the intersection, according to police. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 30 July 2021 The impact caused the Jeep to hit a pedestrian and a traffic light pole before coming to a final rest. Carol Robinson |, al, 28 Apr. 2021 The attack unfolded at about 3:30 a.m. EST when the UPS truck was stopped at a traffic light at Fulton Industrial Blvd NW and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW and a gunman got into the vehicle, police said. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 Police announced that Stuart would face charges including disorderly conduct, two counts of second-degree assault for kicking officers and failure to obey a traffic light. USA Today, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Traffic light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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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