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 Simply set the high beam when hiking the trail and adjust to the low beam while making camp or reading in your tent. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2023 The left and right side reflex reflector and left side low beam reflector may inadequately reflect light. Detroit Free Press, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of low beam was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“Low beam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20beam. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

low beam

: a vehicle headlight beam used for short distances
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