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flood·​light ˈfləd-ˌlīt How to pronounce floodlight (audio)
: artificial illumination in a broad beam
: a source of such illumination
: a lighting unit for projecting a broad beam of light


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

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
Inside each cell, another tiny window offered a view of razor wire, floodlights and rocks on the prison grounds. Audrey Dutton, ProPublica, 13 Dec. 2023 But race organizers have shrouded the Strip in black tarp and fencing, and covered the glass on pedestrian walkways with white film and floodlights, obscuring the festivities from those without a $1,000 ticket. Jack Healy, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Taking the stage alone in front of a stack of amps and wearing all black, backlit by green floodlights, Rossdale strummed out buzzy chords backed by a string quartet. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2024 In his mind, the floodlights of a helicopter became stage lights. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 The day after the audit was released, as if on cue, an L.A.P.D. helicopter made a low and roaring orbit over my neighborhood, for around two hours, the white beam of its floodlight shining on the houses twinkling with Christmas lights below. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2023 As the new week began, a thick, enveloping mist seeped over the hillside cemetery after midnight, filling the air with tiny droplets and softening the glare of floodlights illuminating the rows of new graves. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The floodlights surrounding the Bahrain International Circuit are now offset by a solar farm, which is being expanded to make the entire circuit run on renewable energy. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2023 Some of our favorite security cameras also come equipped with floodlights. Simon Hill, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2023
To complete this display and give a feeling of animation, arrange a rotating color wheel and floodlight the back of translucent curtains or drapes. David M. Swartwout, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of floodlight was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Floodlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodlight. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: artificial light in a broad beam
: a light that gives a broad beam
floodlight verb
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