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traffic light

a set of electrically operated signal lights used to direct or control traffic at intersections.
Also called stoplight, traffic signal, traffic control signal.
Origin of traffic light
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the top of the exit ramp, there is a traffic light.
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British Dictionary definitions for traffic light

traffic light

one of a set of coloured lights placed at crossroads, junctions, etc, to control the flow of traffic. A red light indicates that traffic must stop and a green light that it may go: usually an amber warning light is added between the red and the green
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