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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In 2017 work was done on 74th Street as part of a full reconstruction project, which included new concrete curb, gutter, road, new driveway aprons, new sidewalks, new trees and streetlights. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tosa construction on State Street has begun and might not end until Thanksgiving," 30 Apr. 2018 The outage caused streetlights to stop working, and stop signs were placed in the middle of the street to warn people as police directed traffic. Juan Ortega,, "FPL restores power to downtown Hollywood after damaged pole caused outage," 14 July 2018 Those attending can expect to learn more about pedestrian safety improvements, including new sidewalks and streetlights, as well any plans to ease transportation congestion along the city’s busy thoroughfares. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Public invited to Peachtree Corners’ state of the city address," 12 July 2018 A century later, in the late 1880s, Québec City harnessed the falls as a source of hydroelectric power to fuel the city’s streetcar system and streetlights. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 There is some sidewalk and streetlight construction left to do on the bridge. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Why is I-95 so uneven? | Traffic Q&A," 4 Apr. 2018 In Detroit, which has the highest per-capita pedestrian death rate among large cities, deaths dropped in 2016, after the city, as part of its emergence from bankruptcy, added more than 60,000 new streetlights. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 As Oak Park seeks to upgrade 2,500 residential streetlights, the village is asking for resident feedback on four new light fixture options currently on display near the public works center. Steve Schering,, "Testing the lights: Streetlight pilot program launched in Oak Park," 12 June 2018 The streetlights flicker on, casting a glow on a sign pointing north to Capitol Hill. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Fifty years after King’s assassination, promise and pain on the avenue that bears his name," 3 Apr. 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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