traffic signal


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

Examples of traffic signal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surprise is performing traffic signal upgrades along Bell Road, which will add flashing yellow arrows for left turns at five intersections, resulting in overnight traffic restrictions starting Friday night. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2023 Earlier this week, Franklin-Hodge and Mayor Michelle Wu unveiled plans to introduce more speed humps, redesign intersections, and implement new traffic signal guidelines to slow down cars on residential streets. Taylor Dolven,, 26 May 2023 Here's why the controversial policy could return The purple lights don't pose a safety risk and are not affecting any traffic signals, Bach said. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2023 Flowers were piled up at the traffic signal at Canal Street and Kings Road. Brittany Shammas, Cate Cadell and Maham Javaid, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2023 Northwest Wisconsin Buffalo County: WIS 35 is reduced to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals at three bridge locations – two in Fountain City and one northwest of the WIS 35/54 intersection. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2023 Seattle is among a dozen cities across four continents, including Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, and Hamburg, optimizing some traffic signals based on insights from driving data from Google Maps, aiming to reduce emissions from idling vehicles. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 10 Oct. 2023 A number of other trans persons were also detained at other traffic signals that day. Srishti Jaswal, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2023 The Nissan then struck a traffic signal at the intersection's northeast corner, police said. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of traffic signal was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Traffic signal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

traffic signal

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

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