head·​light | \ ˈhed-ˌlīt How to pronounce headlight (audio) \

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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Unagi has a number of other helpful features, like a headlight with adjustable brightness, and a rear tail light. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 One caller reported seeing a car driving slowly with no headlights and three people with flashlights entering cars on the street. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weed dealer drove high with 8-year-old in car, police say," 28 Feb. 2018 The new one has bigger wheel housings and a slightly wider body but the same long hood, sloping roof and prominent headlights that have marked successive versions since 1963. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports car," 28 Nov. 2018 That includes sleeping with a headlight and having such extreme paranoia that even a garden gnome freaks him out. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""On My Block" Season 2's New Trailer Proves Ruby Is Definitely Back," 12 Mar. 2019 Eventually, the headlights won’t necessarily be lights. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Where we’re going, we won’t need windows: How autonomy will change cars," 5 Dec. 2018 Police observed Perez driving with his headlights on high beam and not dimming them as traffic passed. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: 2 charged with DUI in Deerfield," 8 Mar. 2018 On this moonless evening, the Cruiser’s headlights and Alan’s handheld searchlight are truly the only illumination in the enveloping black. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, "Why Botswana Should Top Your Travel List in 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Wochit New Indiana legislation that goes into effect July 1 aims to eliminate any wiggle room for those looking to get creative with the color of their car's headlights and taillights. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Make sure your headlights comply with this new Indiana law, starting July 1," 13 June 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 How to pronounce headlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of headlight

: a light at the front of a vehicle

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