cul de sac

A cul de sac is a dead-end street, particularly one with a circle for turning around at the end. Kids who live on a cul de sac have a safe place to ride their bikes without a lot of busy traffic.

Cul de sacs are designed to slow and limit the number of cars that pass through residential areas — because a cul de sac doesn't connect to another road, people can't use them as shortcuts, and they're typically mostly traveled by people who live there. The French cul de sac was originally an anatomical term meaning "vessel or tube with only one opening." It literally means "bottom of a sack," from the Latin culus, "bottom."

Definitions of cul de sac
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n a street with only one way in or out

Synonyms:
blind alley, dead-end street, impasse
Type of:
thoroughfare
a public road from one place to another

n a passage with access only at one end

Synonyms:
cul, dead end
Type of:
passage
a way through or along which someone or something may pass

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