overcrowding; clogging: severe traffic congestion.
an excessive or abnormal accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part or blood vessel: pulmonary congestion.
- non·con·ges·tion, noun
- pre·con·ges·tion, noun
- su·per·con·ges·tion, noun
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How to use congestion in a sentence
“Cars appeared to be racing or traveling at really high speeds on the Beltway, where normally the congestion would prevent folks from going that fast,” he said.Traffic counts fell during the coronavirus pandemic, but road fatalities still increased | Luz Lazo | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
At the moments of highest demand, congestion on the grid means that electricity needs to be made near where it’s most needed—in cities.At New York City’s biggest power plant, a switch to clean energy will help a neighborhood breathe easier | Andrew Blum | February 2, 2021 | Popular-Science
This throttling was particularly severe because it was enforced 24 hours a day regardless of whether there was any network congestion, and downloads were throttled to speeds as low as 128kbps.Why victims of AT&T unlimited-data throttling get only $22 in settlements | Jon Brodkin | February 1, 2021 | Ars Technica
Ants have been learning how to deal with congestion for millions of years.Want to Get Out Alive? Follow the Ants - Issue 95: Escape | Conor Myhrvold | January 28, 2021 | Nautilus
It’s difficult to ensure that every single device you’re connecting is running at optimum speed, so there will typically be unavoidable lags or congestion.The best external hard drives: Expand your file storage | Eric Alt | January 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
She describes a period of relentless civic construction—vast new roads and transit systems, and new congestion to go with them.
The result was a perfect storm of commuter congestion where “normal Caracas chaos became absolute mayhem.”Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time? | Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez | June 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kirsten Powers | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
London became a virtual ghost town after months of warnings about extreme congestion.
Couldn't high speed rail displace more polluting forms of transportation and relieve road congestion?
How small are the masses of pauperism which we bring together, compared with the congestion of one vast House.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
He was threatened with congestion of the brain, and seemed somewhat aggrieved when I told him he had been trying to do too much.
So the modest household lived on, till my father was carried off by congestion of the lungs on the 4th of May 1823.
Wherever there has been much cerebral disturbance, traces of congestion are usually discernible.
It is all income without an outlet, and that, we know, always produces congestion and disease.The Education of American Girls | Anna Callender Brackett
British Dictionary definitions for congestion
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
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