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

  • n. A highway interchange at which two highways, one crossing over the other, have a series of entrance and exit ramps resembling the outline of a four-leaf clover and enabling vehicles to proceed in either direction on either highway.
  • adj. Resembling or shaped like a leaf of the clover plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the form of the leaf of a clover plant; cloverleafed.
  • n. The leaf of a clover plant
  • n. (with plural cloverleafs or cloverleaves) A cloverleaf interchange.
  • v. To turn by following a cloverleaf, or as if by following one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a highway interchange between two roads in which the connecting road pattern resembles a four-leaf clover, and which allows moving from one road to another without left-hand turns. One road passes over the other, and the exit from one highway and entrance into the second highway proceeds from the right-hand lane in all directions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The leaf of clover; a trefoil.

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

  • n. an interchange that does not require left-hand turns


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