- overcrowding; clogging: severe traffic congestion.
- an excessive or abnormal accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part or blood vessel: pulmonary congestion.
Origin of congestion
Related Words for congestionbottleneck, overpopulation, profusion, jam, mass, excess, press, surplus, surfeit, crowding, snarl-up, overcrowding, overdevelopment
Examples from the Web for congestion
Contemporary Examples of congestion
The state has argued that this law is necessary to prevent obstruction and congestion going into the abortion clinics.Anti-Free Speech Zones Used to Silence Pro-Lifers Could Come Back to Haunt Liberals
January 16, 2014
Systems management companies are using big data to tackle the problem of congestion on the roads.Startup Bright Uses Technology to Improve Job-Seeking Process
October 4, 2012
Thankfully, Graham was never in any distress from the congestion that quickly cleared from his immediate response to antibiotics.History, Not Progeny, Will Define Billy Graham's Legacy
A. Larry Ross
June 4, 2011
Southbound Route 95 congestion is expected to increase, so we recommend that drivers consider alternate routes.America's 75 Worst Commutes
The Daily Beast
January 19, 2010
[Former London] Mayor Livingstone and I founded SlimCity together and we debated the issue of congestion pricing.Newsom's California Dream
October 7, 2009
Historical Examples of congestion
The sun seemed much hotter in this congestion than in the open sea.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
People's faces grew red with congestion in the growing heat.His Masterpiece
There was no sitting the next day; for Vincent was in bed, ill, with congestion of the lungs.Audrey Craven
It affects any sort of displacement and any kind of congestion.
Do you want to be laid up with bronchitis or congestion of the lungs?Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- the state of being overcrowded, esp with with traffic or people
- the state of being overloaded or clogged with blood
- the state of being blocked with mucus
early 15c., "action of gathering together," from Middle French congestion (14c.), from Latin congestionem (nominative congestio), noun of action from past participle stem of congerere (see congest). Medical sense is from 1630s; meaning "a crowding together of people, traffic, etc." is from 1883.
- The presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in a vessel or organ; especially excessive accumulation of blood, due either to increased afflux or to obstruction of return flow.