flood·​light | \ ˈfləd-ˌlīt How to pronounce floodlight (audio) \

Definition of floodlight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : artificial illumination in a broad beam
b : a source of such illumination
2 : a lighting unit for projecting a broad beam of light


floodlit\ ˈfləd-​ˌlit How to pronounce floodlight (audio) \ also floodlighted; floodlighting

Definition of floodlight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to illuminate by means of one or more floodlights

Examples of floodlight in a Sentence

Noun The yard was lit by floodlights.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While my friends’ parents carted them to the family physician for stomachaches or fevers, I was placed under a bright green floodlight to soak in the healing power of the color. Remy Ramirez, Marie Claire, 9 Apr. 2021 Here are three things to think about before buying an LED floodlight. Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 One button operates the floodlight, and another operates a spot beam at high, medium, and low settings. Ben Romans, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 Keep an eye on your driveway and garage with this high-tech floodlight camera system from Ring. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 20 Nov. 2020 When Barack Obama ran for president, Stuart, who is biracial, put a floodlight on a big Obama poster hung on his porch. Ross Mantle For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2020 Even in an age when rock ‘n’ roll rarely registers on the charts, Eddie’s influence still looms over the genre as if one of his colossal riffs kicking off a floodlight-washed concert. Will Collier, National Review, 7 Oct. 2020 That includes a significant new addition from Philips Hue, which recently released a floodlight version of the popular Hue White smart LED bulb. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, 27 Sep. 2020 The Pixel 4 included a ton of extra hardware in the top bezel for this feature: dual IR cameras, an IR dot projector, and an IR floodlight. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Colonel Beara was specifically accused of overseeing the beheading of up to 100 men and boys, of supervising the digging of mass graves, and of floodlighting killing zones so that firing squads could conduct executions at night. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of floodlight


1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floodlight was in 1922

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“Floodlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodlight. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of floodlight

: a light that shines brightly over a wide area


flood·​light | \ ˈfləd-ˌlīt How to pronounce floodlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of floodlight

: a light that shines brightly over a wide area


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