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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Few English cricket fans will want to remember the 2015 defeat in Wellington in which England was beaten in a day/night game before the floodlights were even required. James Masters, CNN, "England thrashes New Zealand to make Cricket World Cup semifinals," 3 July 2019 Since then, Ring has been integrated with other Amazon services, allowing live feeds from its devices on Amazon Echo Shows and leading to new products such smart floodlights. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Amazon’s Ring may be branching out beyond outdoor cameras," 17 June 2019 The line includes floodlights, spotlights, a light to mount on steps, a motion detector, and pathlights for a walkway. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Ring has made it ridiculously easy to surround your house with smart lights and cameras," 9 July 2019 A dozen football pitches under weak floodlights play host to nightly matches between groups of university students, workers and waiters coming off their shifts. Sarah Esther Maslin, 1843, "Rio is a riot in the early hours," 4 July 2019 The dry, reverberating drums of U.K. garage smash in; a wub-wub-wub noise scans like a prison-yard floodlight; there’s a sense of reckless acceleration and accumulating chaos. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Thom Yorke’s Beautiful New Nightmare," 29 June 2019 One night underwater off Bermuda, photographer David Doubilet was taking pictures of fish attracted to a floodlight on our boat. David Doubilet, National Geographic, "Life in the North Atlantic depends on this floating seaweed," 12 June 2019 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

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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