head·​light | \ ˈhed-ˌlīt \

Definition of headlight

1 : a light with a reflector and special lens mounted on the front of a vehicle to illuminate the road ahead also : the beam cast by a headlight
2 : a light worn on the forehead (as of a miner or physician)

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At the same time that Trump's deer-in-headlights photo was going explosively viral around the rest of the world, certain pro-Trump posters were convincing themselves that Trudeau wears eyebrow wigs. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The Trump Internet’s search for a G-7 photo that makes him look good," 10 June 2018 Another request: Lose the front marker lights between the headlights. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 Neither Google Maps or Waze would switch to a night mode when my car’s headlights came on, despite the fact that Apple Maps does. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Google Maps in CarPlay isn’t the dream you’ve been waiting for," 28 Sep. 2018 The truck plowed along slowly, its headlights often the only illumination as the team passed houses with water lapping at the bottom of their windowsills. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Amid Florence’s Chaos, Rescue Team Keeps Going," 15 Sep. 2018 According to police, Foster was pulled over for driving with his headlights off after dark. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Georgia Democrat running for Congress is convicted of DUI, awaits sentencing," 9 Aug. 2018 There are also information readouts at the front of the car, fitted right next to the LED headlights, and integrated below them is a black bar with radar detectors, 3D cameras, and a laser sensor. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 Magneti Marelli makes headlights and electronic components among other parts. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Unloads Car-Parts Unit in $7.1 Billion Deal With KKR," 22 Oct. 2018 Parked outside a Taco Bell restaurant on Southwest Campus Drive, Gennings was found dead with his seat belt still fastened and his headlights on, though his keys were missing, Phillips told the jury of seven men and seven women. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "2 teens go on trial — as adults — in 2016 killing of Federal Way youth who was selling pot to help his mom," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of headlight

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of headlight

: a light on the front of a vehicle (such as a car or motorcycle)


head·​light | \ ˈhed-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of headlight

: a light at the front of a vehicle

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