searchlight

noun
search·​light | \ˈsərch-ˌlīt \

Definition of searchlight 

: an apparatus for projecting a powerful beam of light also : a beam of light projected by it

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Japanese searchlights suddenly stabbed through the night and illuminated U.S. ships. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 The water beneath Portland’s southernmost bridge was now cut by rescue boats, lit by searchlights, beaten by helicopters, the river’s banks trampled by police and residents who could not or did not want to go back to sleep. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018 But the searchlights also allowed the American gunners to see their adversaries. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 Across the English Channel, more than 640,000 British women served in auxiliary services, performing noncombat work such as handling massive searchlights to spot enemy aircraft intent on bombing British cities. Sarah Betancourt, The Christian Science Monitor, "From paranurses to snipers: Exhibit focuses on women's WWII contributions," 25 May 2018 Across the English Channel, more than 640,000 British women served in auxiliary services, performing noncombat work such as handling massive searchlights to spot enemy aircraft intent on bombing British cities. Washington Post, "From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women," 25 May 2018 Two decades ago, helicopter searchlights swept the streets outside Mr. Anwar’s Kuala Lumpur home as police moved in to arrest him, and his wife pleaded to Mr. Mahathir for mercy. James Hookway, WSJ, "Best Frenemies: Anwar Ibrahim’s Release Rekindles an Old Malaysian Rivalry," 16 May 2018 Event Series Beach Lights: Watch the boardwalk light up different colors as searchlights move and sway to the beat of music. baltimoresun.com, "Ocean City 2018 calendar of events," 11 May 2018 There are jetty lights, shiplights, brass lanterns, searchlights, deck lights plus porthole windows, a waterwheel in the yard and plenty of places to sit on the dock of the bay. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Heir of boat-shaped house, long on the market, drops anchor, waits for a buyer (photos)," 30 Apr. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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searchlight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of searchlight

: a very bright light that can be aimed in different directions and that is used to find people or things in the dark

searchlight

noun
search·​light | \ˈsərch-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of searchlight

: a lamp for sending a beam of bright light

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