lighthouse

noun
light·​house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

Definition of lighthouse

1 : a structure (such as a tower) with a powerful light that gives a continuous or intermittent signal to navigators

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Examples of lighthouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flat, forested trail (which gets extremely muddy in the rainy season) runs about 3.5 miles from the parking area near Collins Beach to the beach at Warrior Point, where hikers can walk up to the base of the little lighthouse before hiking back. oregonlive, "12 perfect Oregon day hikes for a clear December day," 3 Dec. 2020 Portsmouth Village, which dates to 1753, served as a thriving port town during colonial settlement, while Cape Lookout Village provided navigational support with construction of a lighthouse in 1812 that was replaced in 1859. Popular Science, "Saving historical landmarks from climate change could mean altering them," 17 Nov. 2020 Without any support at its base, the lighthouse tower began to list. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Thomas Jefferson's grand plan for a Gulf Coast lighthouse survived after an initial dark period," 17 Nov. 2020 But even after his tragic death from an accidental overdose at 21 in December 2019, Juice hovers like a lighthouse by flashing glimpses of hope amidst bleak confessional ballads to his listeners. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Rap Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 10 Dec. 2020 Also in Fife, government officials in 2019 proposed a 200-year-old lighthouse dedicated to the county’s most famous victim, Lilias Adie (who died in prison in 1704 while awaiting trial) and all victims of the country’s witch panic. Joseph Prezioso, National Geographic, "Witch hunt tourism is lucrative. It also obscures a tragic history," 23 Oct. 2020 Racicot paints and draws flora, fauna, regionally distinctive structures, such as the Monhegan Light lighthouse in Maine. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Open Studio Hartford won’t be in person, but you can visit local artists and buy their work online through January," 25 Nov. 2020 Portsmouth Village, which dates to 1753, served as a thriving port town during colonial settlement, while Cape Lookout Village provided navigational support with construction of a lighthouse in 1812 that was replaced in 1859. Popular Science, "Saving historical landmarks from climate change could mean altering them," 17 Nov. 2020 That’s about the time work began on Latrobe’s lighthouse, which had been put on hold during the War of 1812. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Thomas Jefferson's grand plan for a Gulf Coast lighthouse survived after an initial dark period," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Lighthouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lighthouse. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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lighthouse

noun
How to pronounce lighthouse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lighthouse

: a tower with a powerful light that is built on or near the shore to guide ships away from danger

lighthouse

noun
light·​house | \ ˈlīt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce lighthouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of lighthouse

: a tower that produces a powerful glow to guide sailors at night or in poor visibility

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