street·​light | \ ˈstrēt-ˌlīt \

Definition of streetlight 

: a light usually mounted on a pole and constituting one of a series spaced at intervals along a public street or highway

called also streetlamp

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With the village of Oak Park looking to overhaul thousands of residential streetlights, officials have set up a pilot study area to look at new light fixtures. Steve Schering,, "Testing the lights: Streetlight pilot program launched in Oak Park," 12 June 2018 Utilities handles water and sewer operations, storm drains, street sweeping, oil, gas, streetlights and other electrical functions. Hillary Davis,, "Newport delays vote on forming a Harbor Department but OKs one for utilities," 23 May 2018 Then in October 2014, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was devastated by a cyclone, and every streetlight in its largest city, Visakhapatnam, needed replacing. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Can India Afford to Cool Down?," 21 Nov. 2018 In the village where her family stayed, there were no streetlights. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Mistral, Photographer Rachel Cobb Catches the Wind," 1 Nov. 2018 The illumination satellite will be eight times as bright as the actual moon and may even replace the city’s streetlights. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A mysterious, paralyzing disease hits the US," 18 Oct. 2018 Nissan, for example, has begun turning old Leaf batteries into streetlights in Japan. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Engineers Develop Electric Car Battery That Can Heat Itself During Winter," 29 June 2018 Sorry to pull you out of the nostalgic moment, but snow days — like 8-tracks and coming home when the streetlights turn on — might soon be a thing of the past. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Schools Are Getting Rid of Snow Days Because Nothing Is Sacred Anymore," 6 Jan. 2017 With the city’s ordinances limiting streetlights, great views of the evening stars can be caught almost anywhere, but Kitt Peak National Observatory is still one of the best areas for star-gazing. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Tucson offers something for every lover of the outdoors," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of streetlight

1819, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of streetlight

: a light on a tall pole next to a public road

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