a set of electrically operated signal lights used to direct or control traffic at intersections.
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Also called stoplight, traffic signal, traffic control signal.
Origin of traffic light
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby traffic light
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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