low beam


Definition of low beam

: a vehicle headlight beam with a short-range focus

Examples of low beam in a Sentence

The car's headlights were on low beam. Turn on your low beams.
Recent Examples on the Web When driving in conditions with low visibility, motorists should proceed slowly with their headlights on low beam, the AAA advises. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Here's how to drive safely on ice and snow," 20 Feb. 2021 And when driving in snowy conditions, put your headlights on the low beam setting. Nerd Wallet, cleveland, "10 tips for winter RV road trips," 20 Dec. 2020 The automaker says the running lights will keep working if the driver moves the headlight switch from auto to the low beam position. BostonGlobe.com, "Dana-Farber gets $26 million for research," 26 Feb. 2020 When driving in foggy conditions, leave the low beam headlights burning. oregonlive, "Portland Thursday traffic: Early rollover crash cleared on Interstate Bridge northbound," 5 Dec. 2019 The cornering lamps enhance visibility at low and high speeds, as well as when changing lanes or when reversing, and increase the foreground pattern width of the low beams by 60 percent. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 The low beams are far too dim and sit too low for safety. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 The Limited and Touring grades get an upgrade: each headlamp is made up of thin lighting modules — one for low beam, another for high beam and the third serves as an adaptive LED cornering lamp and auxiliary turn signal. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 The weather service is urging people across the greater Houston region to slow down on the road and use low beam headlights or fog lamps to aid in travel. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 a.m.," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of low beam

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of low beam was in 1933

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27 Feb 2021

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“Low beam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20beam. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of low beam

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

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