searchlight

noun search·light \ ˈsərch-ˌlīt \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of searchlight

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

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First Known Use of searchlight

1883

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SEARCHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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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

searchlight

noun search·light \ ˈsərch-ˌlīt \

Definition of searchlight for Students

: a lamp for sending a beam of bright light


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