traffic circle

a circular arrangement constructed at the intersection of two or more roads in order to facilitate the passage of vehicles from one road to another. Also called rotary; Brit., roundabout.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • traffic circle — traffic .circle n AmE a circular place where two or more roads join, which all traffic must drive around British Equivalent: roundabout …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • traffic circle — traffic ,circle noun count AMERICAN a part of a road in the shape of a circle that other roads join. British roundabout …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • traffic circle — traffic circles N COUNT A traffic circle is a circular structure in the road at a place where several roads meet. You drive round it until you come to the road that you want. [AM] (in BRIT, use roundabout) …   English dictionary

  • traffic circle — ☆ traffic circle n. a circular street at the intersection of several streets with vehicles traveling in one direction only, designed to facilitate the flow of traffic; rotary …   English World dictionary

  • Traffic circle — A traffic circle is an intersection with a circular shape and, usually, a central island. In some traffic circles two way traffic is allowed within the circle. It is much more common, however, that traffic is allowed to go in one direction only… …   Wikipedia

  • traffic circle — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms traffic circle : singular traffic circle plural traffic circles American a roundabout I, 1) …   English dictionary

  • traffic circle — noun a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary • Syn: ↑circle, ↑rotary, ↑roundabout • Hypernyms: ↑junction • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • traffic circle — An intersection of several roads where the traffic goes around a central circle and goes out another road. Although it is a rapid way of negotiating an intersection, many people are intimidated by it because of its unfamiliarity. The British term …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • traffic circle — An intersection, sometimes involving several streets, intended to facilitate traffic in moving from one street to another by being arranged and posted for movement of vehicles one way and in a circle. 7 Am J2d Auto § 203 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • traffic circle — noun Date: 1942 rotary 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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