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trafficator Line breaks: traf¦fic|ator
Pronunciation: /ˈtrafɪkeɪtə/

Definition of trafficator in English:


An obsolete kind of signalling device on the side of a motor vehicle, having the form of a small illuminated pointer which could be extended to indicate a change of direction.
Example sentences
  • Air vents in dash board and trafficator on steering column distinguish interior from earlier model.
  • Nowadays many early cars have had their old trafficators removed and replaced with more modern indicators.
  • The semaphore arms, or trafficators, disappeared as the new winkers were gradually fitted to the fleet.


1930s: blend of traffic and indicator.

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