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- A blind alley or dead end street.
- A circular area at the end of a dead end street to allow cars to turn around, designed so children can play on the street, with little or no through-traffic.
2010 January 17, Cara Buckley, “A Suburban Treasure, Left to Die”, New York Times, page Section MB; Column 0; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 1:
- And in suburbs known for new development, preservationists are often battling a general perception that there is nothing historic or worth saving among the cul-de-sacs.
- An impasse.
2005 February 14, National Review:
- Physics seems, in fact, to have got itself into a cul-de-sac, obsessing over theories so mathematically abstruse that nobody even knows how to test them.
- (medicine) A sack-like cavity or tube open at one end only.
circular area at the end of a dead end street
impasse — see impasse
cul-de-sac m (plural culs-de-sac)