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 At night floodlights shine in to expose any would-be escapees. Spencer Case, National Review, "Escape from Wuhan," 20 Feb. 2020 The suit challenges the rollbacks for five types of light bulbs: three-way incandescent lamps, shatter-resistant bulbs, floodlights, candelabra bulbs and incandescent reflector lamps. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Lighting industry withdraws challenge to California’s new bulb efficiency standards," 15 Jan. 2020 Arlo’s Pro 3 is the first wire-free floodlight camera on the market. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "CES Editors’ Choice Awards: The Most Exciting Tech for 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Camera-maker Arlo this week launched its first wireless floodlight camera, with night vision, a siren, two-way audio to converse with intruders and an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust its brightness. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in - and in a big way," 6 Jan. 2020 The 60-watt standard also takes effect nationwide Wednesday for many types of light bulbs, but not for five types: three-way incandescent lamps, shatter-resistant bulbs, floodlights, candelabra bulbs and incandescent reflector lamps. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Ruling allows California to start enforcing efficiency standards for light bulbs," 31 Dec. 2019 The program will provide Ring doorbell and floodlight cameras to homeowners, for free or at a steep discount thanks to matching funds from Ring. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "'Virtual neighborhood watch’: Baltimore faith group building surveillance network with help from Amazon Ring," 21 Aug. 2019 Ring also has a five-piece alarm kit and floodlight camera that each come with their very own free Echo Dot. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Today Only, You Can Get A Free Amazon Echo if You Buy A Ring Video Doorbell," 2 Dec. 2019 In Lincoln County, six people were arrested during the weekend for misdemeanors, mostly trespassing beneath the floodlights and cameras of two military base gates and the watchful eyes of sheriff’s deputies from far-flung corners of Nevada. BostonGlobe.com, "HIKO, Nev. — The festivals are over and Earthlings from around the globe headed home Sunday after a weekend of camping and partying in the dusty Nevada desert and trekking to remote gates of Area 51, a formerly top-secret US military base long the focus of UFO and space alien lore.," 23 Sep. 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

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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26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Floodlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodlight. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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