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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By the time the Navy first tested it, in 2009, according to one of the papers and official photos, Savant looked like the top of a lighthouse, with six cameras fanned in a circle inside a weatherproof case around a ship’s mast. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 Most rooms offer coastal views of Newport’s famous bridge and miniature lighthouse. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Out of Things to Do in Montauk? Head to Newport, Rhode Island," 31 Aug. 2019 Hughes added aluminum railings and a faux-window next to the entry with an etching of a lighthouse. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Landlubber transforms Sausalito houseboat and himself," 31 Aug. 2019 The leaders sat down Saturday evening for their first joint meeting — a dinner of Basque specialties at the foot of the landmark lighthouse of Biarritz. NBC News, "Conflict of interest: How Trump has used his office to benefit his business," 27 Aug. 2019 In such places, people are talking about buying a hat or a replica of the lighthouse at the gift shop. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Memories of Maine," 22 Aug. 2019 Richard’s collection of lighthouses is present throughout their home. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 His quiet moments are interrupted by a gang of kids who bully him, rip the pages of his artbook and send him to a lighthouse that’s supposedly haunted. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Preview: Painting happy little trees in ‘Concrete Genie’ reminds me of Bob Ross," 30 July 2019 The National Park Service owns the lighthouse, and the Coast Guard still maintains the beacon that flashes seaward about 20 miles. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of lighthouse

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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