Definition of searchlight
: an apparatus for projecting a powerful beam of light; also : a beam of light projected by it
Recent Examples of searchlight from the Web
Sailors claimed to have seen enemy cockpit lights, and searchlights across the water.
Searchlights probed the rainy darkness that evening as thousands of people waited at the Battery in New York City for the arrival of the two French aviators.
During the search, the blue lights of police boats reflected off the waters as a helicopter hovered, shining a searchlight.
MacArthur and a searchlight display from Navy ships in the harbor at night. ...
Both Alan Chang’s sound and William Springhorn Jr.’s lighting are effective, especially Springhorn’s police searchlights near the end of the play.
There were also minefields, searchlights, high barbed wire fences, and constant patrols.
In the most recent image, a pair of searchlight beams blast from each end of the dusty torus around the central star.
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First Known Use of searchlight
SEARCHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of searchlight for English Language Learners
: a very bright light that can be aimed in different directions and that is used to find people or things in the dark
SEARCHLIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of searchlight for Students
: a lamp for sending a beam of bright light
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