high beam


Definition of high beam

: a vehicle headlight beam with a long-range focus

Examples of high beam in a Sentence

The car's headlights were on high beam. Turn off your high beams.

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On Friday, the 22-year old became the first gymnast to attempt and land a double-double dismount off of a high beam. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Simone Biles won her sixth national all-around title and landed a triple double," 12 Aug. 2019 The high beams and vast proportions betray the shop’s industrial past which today hosts a masterful curation of Celine, Comme de Garçons, Sies Marjan, and Dries van Noten. Vogue, "Jeffrey Kalinsky Celebrates 20 Years of His Meatpacking Shop With a Cocktail Party," 1 Aug. 2019 Drug trafficking: Lee Road At 11:50 p.m. July 14, an officer stopped a car at Lee Road and Chagrin Boulevard that was being driven with its high beam lights activated. cleveland.com, "Shaker Boulevard burglary reported: Shaker Heights police blotter," 20 July 2019 Fiber lasers are known for high beam quality and the ability to stand jarring movement during transport. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Have Started Testing Its Drone-Killing Laser Weapon," 21 June 2019 Finally, Robinson asked the car drivers to alternate their low-and-high beams, which helped simulate motion on camera. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Who was the voice in ‘Field of Dreams’?," 24 June 2019 Lyda Rhoan, the driver of a Ford Focus, called 911 to report that someone in a white car following closely with its high beams on fired four gunshots at her car. oregonlive.com, "Man who fired guns in road rage encounter on U.S. 26 near Warm Springs gets probation," 10 June 2019 MacIver likens increasing eye size in the water to switching on high beams in the fog in an attempt to see farther ahead. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Why Did Life Move to Land? For the View," 7 Mar. 2017 Kona also has available rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power tilt/slide sunroof and automatic high beams. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "All-new Kona: Small crossover joins Hyundai lineup, starts at $19,500," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of high beam

1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of high beam

US : the setting of a vehicle's headlights that makes the brightest light

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