from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible, especially one caused by the blockage of key intersections within a grid of streets.
- n. A complete lack of movement or progress resulting in a backup or stagnation: "the political gridlock that prevented ... the President and Congress from moving expeditiously to cut the budget” ( Robert D. Hormats).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A condition of total, interlocking traffic congestion on the streets or highways of a crowded city, in which no one can move because everyone is in someone else's way.
- n. On a smaller scale: the situation in which cars enter a signal-controlled intersection too late during the green light cycle, and are unable to clear the intersection (due to congestion in the next block) when the light turns red, thus blocking the cross traffic when it's their turn to go. Repeated at enough intersections, this phenomenon can lead to citywide gridlock.
- n. Figuratively and by extension, any paralysis of a complex system due to severe congestion, conflict, or deadlock.
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- n. a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible
Although the word "gridlock" is vintage New Yorkese, only Washington could take the word and give it an entirely different meaning, as in "political gridlock," which is what happens when little gets done.
However, the short-term gridlock is very bad for the outlook, in our view.
"However, the short-term gridlock is very bad for the outlook, in our view."
"Short-term gridlock is very bad for the outlook," Bank of America analysts say in a report on the election.
"Drivers will be frozen in their tracks whenever the President and other world leaders move about the city," said Samuel I. Schwartz, a traffic engineer and the coiner of the phrase "gridlock."
I have a question for you about what you refer to as gridlock in Congress, because it seemed to me that for the first time, Congress did say no to some very good programs because of the fact that they would add to the deficit and that this was, in fact, breaking a previous gridlock, which existed when Congress, when they had good programs, would simply say, well, we've got to add to the deficit.
Political gridlock is definitely a problem, aggravated by populist rhetoric.
ROSE: But as Balsam admits, that partisan gridlock is likely to continue if Independent voters push Republicans to big gains in Congress this fall.
Under unified government, we find that the endogeneity of the status quo leads to a non-monotonic effect of the size of the legislative majority on gridlock; surprisingly, under unified government, gridlock is higher when the party in control of the legislature has a supermajority than when it has a bare majority.
We've been stuck in gridlock for too long here already, and of course you wouldn't think that the population might, over the next few decades, increase like the rest of the major metorpolitan centers in the US, would you?