street·​light | \ ˈstrēt-ˌlīt How to pronounce streetlight (audio) \

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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They can be placed on existing infrastructure, including telephone poles, streetlights and traffic lights. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "5G: What is it, and how will it change your life?," 2 Sep. 2019 New Yorkers cheered as streetlights and buildings were illuminated once again. oregonlive, "Blackout NYC 2019: Scenes from power outage on anniversary of 1977 blackout," 13 July 2019 Cities and transit systems across the U.S. have borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to finance investments in systems that produce streams of data on traffic, trains, ports, streetlights and more. Telis Demos, WSJ, "‘Smart’ Technology Could Change the Future of City Finances," 10 June 2019 The police report showed that the nearby streetlight was blocked almost entirely by a tree. Los Angeles Times, "Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most," 16 Sep. 2019 The streetlights can be programmed to be dimmed at certain times of the day when full light levels are not required, such as dawn and dusk. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Learn about City of San Diego’s Smart Streetlight program on Tuesday," 4 Sep. 2019 Tierra del Mar doesn’t have cell-phone service, just eagles over the beach, owls in the dense woods, and residents who pay to keep the streetlights on along Sandlake Road., "Facebook’s new Oregon Coast venture angers neighbors left in the dark: Steve Duin," 7 June 2019 The stuffed, life-size dolls were seen on the sides of roads, behind dumpsters and leaning on streetlight poles. Ashley Boucher,, "Creepy Faceless and Headless Dolls Pop Up Over Town and Officials Are Understandably Confused," 16 Aug. 2019 Ward 13, principally the Old Brooklyn neighborhood, is one of the first two wards where old streetlights are being replaced by the more energy efficient LED lights. Robert Higgs,, "City Council President Kevin Kelley blasts Cleveland Public Power for dismissing resident complaints over new LED streetlights," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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