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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The low scrub and shelving rock of the Atacama was reduced to the beam of my headlights. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 The mayor even said he's been known to flash his headlights or honk his horn at drivers zooming past him. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "ALDOT updates on I-565 widening project in Huntsville," 15 Aug. 2019 While Beach sat in the corner reading the paper, Hildreth noticed someone parked behind his car with their headlights on. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "From Bonnie and Clyde to Walt Disney, Poway 103-year-old has lifetime of memories," 11 July 2019 Scottsdale police arrested her that night on suspicion of DUI and driving without her headlights on shortly after midnight. And, azcentral, "Stephanie Grisham's unlikely path from Arizona politics to White House press secretary," 26 June 2019 Drivers who find themselves in smoky conditions should slow down, turn on their headlights and watch for emergency vehicles, said Jim Karels, state forester and director of the Florida Forest Service. Linda Trischitta, sun-sentinel.com, "Everglades wildfire briefly closes Alligator Alley as fire spreads to 32,000 acres | VIDEO," 25 June 2019 Showing your age To the person who is obsessed with motorists not using their headlights: Stop complaining already. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Supporting gambling industry a matter of perspective," 10 June 2019 The incident began around 3:30 a.m Friday when troopers responded to reports of a hazardous driver in a dark sedan without any headlights driving north on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Nashua. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Man with car full of balloons leads NH police pursuing him to his home, crashes into own garage," 23 Aug. 2019 Before the crash, a patrol officer noticed the motorcycle had no headlights or license plate and had run a red light, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "1 killed, 2 injured when motorcycle collides with car in Grand Prairie," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of headlight

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headlight was in 1845

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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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