floodlight

noun
flood·light | \ˈfləd-ˌlīt \

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 \ 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

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 Medics sat in a nearby tent as a few floodlights burned in the front chambers of the cave. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Power line put in Thai cave to help search for missing boys," 25 June 2018 The fighters are herded into a back room to warm up in the shadows of two floodlights. John Mccall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 The show plays nightly and features theatrically animated fountains, hundreds of LEDs and floodlights, and a musical soundtrack that is broadcast from a surround-sound system. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Long Beach celebrates Aquarium of the Pacific's 20th birthday, plus new features at Queen Mary and Terrace Plaza," 5 June 2018 Television news footage showed dozens of firefighters in climbing gear and helmets standing over a hole in the ground, the whole area brightened by floodlights. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Rescuers find boy 12 hours after he was washed away in a ‘maze’ of drainage pipes," 2 Apr. 2018 In the 1970s fans would hang from floodlights, recalls Sam Suppey, then a goalkeeper for Accra Hearts of Oak, one of Ghana’s biggest clubs. The Economist, "Of 100 African football officials offered cash, only three declined," 14 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

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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floodlight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of floodlight

: a light that shines brightly over a wide area

floodlight

noun
flood·light | \ˈfləd-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of floodlight

: a light that shines brightly over a wide area

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