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 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 The National Weather Service is urging people to slow down and use low beams while driving. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area under dense fog advisory," 14 Feb. 2018 Ricks urged drivers in the New Orleans area to use caution over the coming 24 hours, including driving with headlights on a low beam and at a slower speed. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Expect a thick 'sea fog' in the New Orleans area Friday morning," 21 Dec. 2017 Night shift: The LED headlights illuminated the road nicely, although the cutoff was a little steep at the top, so distance vision was a little hard on low beam. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Infiniti Q70 offers beauty and luxury, but performance?," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of low beam

1933, in the meaning defined above

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20 Dec 2019

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“Low beam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20beam. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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