from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The maximum speed legally permitted on a given stretch of road.

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  • n. The maximum speed permitted by law for vehicles on the road.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. regulation establishing the top speed permitted on a given road


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  • In return for their generosity, American motorists must now put up with the indignity of having to violate the national 55-mile-per-hour speed limit and play cat-and-mouse games with the highway patrol in order to cover distances that were considered a normal day’s drive back in 1950.

    Why Nothing Works

  • Afterwards, he had to remember to stay somewhere close to the speed limit as he drove up Canoga toward the Acapulco.

    Counting Up, Counting Down

  • The speed limit on this stretch of Biscayne Boulevard was thirty-five.

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • He said he had come to live at Whincliff because it offered the best selection of roads without any speed limit which he had so far been able to discover.

    Lonesome Road

  • So he drove me home — for once not even getting close to my truck’s internal speed limit — keeping one arm wrapped tightly around me.


  • But between a woman who thought that for her kitchenmaid to use face-powder was the beginning of Bolshevism, and a man who believed that the 30-mile speed limit was the thin end of the Totalitarian wedge, there could be no useful interchange of ideas.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • "You did know the speed limit on this street is 40k?"

    Blood Lines

  • They made it to the Star of David Rest Home fast, Mal running yellow lights, busting the speed limit by twenty miles an hour.

    The Big Nowhere


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