traffic signal

noun

Definition of traffic signal 

: a signal (such as a traffic light) for controlling traffic

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Photo: iStockphoto/Getty Images Traditional traffic signals commonly change on a fixed schedule. Henry Williams, WSJ, "Artificial Intelligence May Make Traffic Congestion a Thing of the Past," 26 June 2018 Nonworking traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion. Arelis R. Hernández, Laurie Mcginley, Philly.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Nonworking traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Nonworking traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Harvard Study: Hurricane Maria Killed Thousands of Puerto Ricans," 29 May 2018 Nonworking traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion. Washington Post, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Nonworking traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "A Harvard study says 4,600 have died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. The government’s tally is 64," 29 May 2018 Few drivers adhere to traffic signals, lanes, or licensing rules, making driving or walking the streets of Dhaka a terrifying endeavor. Jennifer Chowdhury, Teen Vogue, "Student Protests Over Road Safety in Bangladesh Turned Violent," 8 Aug. 2018 Electric bikes must follow the same rules of the road as regular bikes, keeping off sidewalks and abiding by traffic signals. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Uber's electric, dockless bikes coming to South Side," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of traffic signal

1917, in the meaning defined above

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