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.
Recent Examples on the Web That's why we're told to turn off our high beams, and to slow down instead, when driving through a dense fog. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The great uncertainty," 12 May 2020 Armada has an aggressive stance with a bold V-motion grille, standard LED low-beam headlights, halogen high beams and LED daytime running lights — preserving the previous generation’s sturdy, energetic image, with up-to-date styling. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Nissan’s Armada offers luxury and utility in a big family vehicle with room for 8 (auto review)," 11 Jan. 2020 The Elantra flashed its high beams while tailgating his car. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Duo charged after shot fired at man’s car during Cleveland road-rage incident, records say," 26 Feb. 2020 The suite consists of pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, lane-keep system with alert, automatic high beams, blind spot warning with cross traffic alert, and trailer tow warning. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Shopping for a new truck? Incentives of up to $7,500 can sweeten the deal," 20 Mar. 2020 Automatic on/off headlights with automatic high beams and daytime running lights worked with the rain-sensing wipers, turning on when the wipers were activated. Emma Jayne Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Ford updates the best-selling F-150 for 2019 with more choices and tech," 11 Oct. 2019 Standard equipment will include front collision alert and automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane-keeping alert and assist and a reminder to check the rear seat for pets and children. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 Police had stopped the men’s Mercedes-Benz C240 on Front near North Rocky River Drive after seeing the car traveling with its high beams activated. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Cleveland boy caught driving stolen car; Berea man lying in mulch arrested: Berea police blotter," 31 Oct. 2019 Just before midnight somewhere in the western United States, a white pickup truck’s high beams light up a stretch of dark highway. Wired, "Meet the Activists Risking Prison to Film VR in Factory Farms," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of high beam

1932, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“High beam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20beam. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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