Definition of cloverleaf in English:



  • 1A shape or pattern resembling a leaf of clover.

    as modifier ‘cloverleaf rolls’
    • ‘A scalloped, cloverleaf shape lends plenty of character to this Charlestown Square table.’
    • ‘The facial bones are small with a large calvarium and cloverleaf deformity of skull may be present.’
    • ‘It's a cloverleaf fountain and it looks like three stone bedpans.’
    • ‘Other loaves are made in a cloverleaf shape said to symbolize the Trinity.’
    • ‘A rider races her horse in a cloverleaf pattern or figure eight around barrels, then races home.’
    • ‘Exact locations were found at the boundaries of the genes by searching for sequences capable of forming the cloverleaf structure typical of these molecules.’
    • ‘Riders enter the arena at full speed, triggering the clock to start and rounding the barrels in a cloverleaf pattern.’
    • ‘Her Pesto Rolls evolved from a cloverleaf roll recipe passed on from her great-grandmother.’
    • ‘The three groups of rooms are arranged in a cloverleaf design, with each group of rooms representing one ‘leaf.’’
    • ‘The 22 genes were identified by their cloverleaf secondary structures and anticodon sequences.’
    1. 1.1North American A junction of roads intersecting at different levels with connecting sections forming the pattern of a four-leaved clover.
      • ‘The City Council had a self-imposed one-year deadline for rebuilding the shattered cloverleaf.’
      • ‘With the cloverleaf now an inferno, soldiers dove for cover or ran for their vehicles.’
      • ‘Eventually we found the exit and climbed a steep, suburban street into some hills, rising above the great cloverleaf of the freeway into a development of newly built houses.’
      • ‘At least a dozen students and other citizens were killed during separate demonstrations near the cloverleaf.’
      • ‘Because of the difficulty in negotiating the mechanical and human debris that littered the road, it took him well over an hour to reach the cloverleaf that would take him onto the road to the lake.’
      • ‘The cloverleaf where Interstate 10 meets the causeway became a kind of crude sorting place.’
      • ‘Getting between the two is like trying to get onto a freeway from an old cloverleaf junction - there's not enough of an acceleration lane.’
      • ‘In the center of it all was a cloverleaf intersection, with ramps running up and down from Highway 8.’
      • ‘The city administration is assessing the possible impact on traffic flow of a proposed shopping mall to be built near the cloverleaf in the town centre.’
      • ‘When the fuel crisis was at its worst there was the very real possibility that there would be thousands and thousands of abandoned cars on motorway flyovers and cloverleaf intersections.’
      • ‘It is surrounded by cloverleaf freeways, which have literally been imposed on top of a village.’
      crossroads, crossing, intersection, interchange, t-junction, box junction, gyratory
      View synonyms