floodlight

noun
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

floodlight

verb
floodlit\ ˈfləd-​ˌlit How to pronounce floodlit (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 In camp, the Torch 250 can double as a light source, with a built-in 180-lumen spotlight and 70-lumen floodlight, and a solar charger, with a 0.8-watt solar panel and hand crank. Outdoor Life, "Four Wilderness-Ready Solar Chargers," 24 Mar. 2020 Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera Arlo is known for its wire-free cameras, and its new Pro 3 Floodlight is a two-in-one floodlight and security camera for your front yard. Sunset Magazine, "Upgrade Your Yard This Spring with This Smart Gardening Tech, from Watering to Lighting," 13 Apr. 2020 Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing cold, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. Washington Post, "At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey," 25 Jan. 2020 Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help. Suzan Fraser, Anchorage Daily News, "At least 14 dead, hundreds hurt as 6.8 quake hits eastern Turkey," 24 Jan. 2020 This slick headlamp has powerful floodlights for superb peripheral lighting, three color modes, and a strobe function. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "9 Headlamps Tested, Reviewed, and Rated," 28 Dec. 2017 Inside a cavernous hangar at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility along the Virginia coast, a gleaming white P-3 Orion aircraft sits parked under harsh floodlights. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Scientists Chase Snowflakes During the Warmest Winter Ever," 5 Mar. 2020 Workers had finished the arduous annual grape harvest, which involved working 60-hour weeks and overnight shifts under floodlights. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump Organization fires more undocumented workers - a year after its use of illegal labor was revealed," 31 Dec. 2019 At night floodlights shine in to expose any would-be escapees. Spencer Case, National Review, "Escape from Wuhan," 20 Feb. 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, "Ljubisa Beara, Who Oversaw Massacre at Srebrenica, Dies at 77," 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of floodlight

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floodlight was in 1922

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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Floodlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodlight. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for floodlight

floodlight

noun
How to pronounce floodlight (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of floodlight

: a light that shines brightly over a wide area

floodlight

noun
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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