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 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


The yard was lit by floodlights.

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But then floodlights on the bottom of his boat illuminated something glowing in the water. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Minnesota angler’s mysterious ‘giant goldfish’ helps shed light on species," 14 June 2019 Use For: Pendant lamps, floodlights, under-cabinet lighting, and accent lighting. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Foolproof Guide to the Different Types of Light Bulbs," 8 June 2019 Surrounded by a scrum of guards, they were handcuffed and made to kneel under floodlights until they were taken away in a police wagon. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 But with some smart processing, Global Fisher Watch used their data to locate small, bright patches at night, such as floodlights used for squid fishing. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "How Small Satellites Will Help Police Earth's Vast Oceans," 4 Feb. 2019 Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home Depot, a big drop from a list price of $448. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "These Ring bundle discounts will save you big bucks on smart home security," 6 Sep. 2018 After days trapped in darkened cattle cars, squinting into bright floodlights lining the tracks was almost unbearable. Jay Winik, WSJ, "Trump’s Critics Desecrate the Holocaust," 21 June 2018 This three-in-one solar flashlight has a 180-lumen torch beam on the end, a 70-lumen floodlight on the main body, and two flashing red lights that can be used for emergency visibility. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Solar Lights for Road Life," 29 June 2018 Medics sat in a nearby tent as a few floodlights burned in the front chambers of the cave. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in flooded cave are alive," 25 June 2018

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


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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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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