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 The Eve Outdoor Cam is an excellent option for those who want a HomeKit Secure Video camera with a floodlight built into it. Christian De Looper, BGR, 12 July 2022 For the sort of just-right illumination that spurs conviviality and averts spills, neither a glaring floodlight or wan string of Edison bulbs will do. Nina Molina, WSJ, 7 July 2022 Additionally, users can set their floodlight on a schedule and enable phone notifications any time the motion detector senses movement. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 28 Apr. 2022 Compatible with Ring Bridge or newer Echo models, the Ring solar floodlight provides motion-detection while also connecting to your home's smart system, enabling users to turn lights on and off by just saying the word. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 28 Apr. 2022 Pack a light that has enough lumens to illuminate remote areas, floodlight and spotlight beam options, and a lengthy run time. Outside Online, 9 Mar. 2022 Jones said the pair had been fighting since October over a floodlight Patch installed outside his home. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Two Florida neighbors were found dead after a months-long fight over a floodlight ended in an apparent murder-suicide. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 The men had been arguing since October over a floodlight Patch installed. Desiree Stennett, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Floodlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodlight. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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