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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That night a family of doppelgängers arrives in the driveway, holding hands, standing motionless in a spill of streetlight. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Does Jordan Peele’s Us Live Up to Get Out?," 21 Mar. 2019 The city entered bankruptcy in 2013 after years of population declines left the automobile capital unable to pay bondholders in full or meet basic needs like operating streetlights and emergency medical services. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Detroit Sees Big Demand in Muni Market Return," 4 Dec. 2018 Her resolution could set the stage for a legal challenge, because the state Supreme Court has previously blocked City Light and Seattle Public Utilities from spending ratepayer money on nonutility items, such as streetlights and fire hydrants. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018 The blue and white Finnish flag is painted on mailboxes, flutters from flag posts on streetlights and flies in front of houses. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "John Carlisle: Fortitude, tradition help Finns flourish in brutal U.P.," 24 Aug. 2014 In 2003, the state Supreme Court ruled that City Light couldn’t charge ratepayers for streetlights, even though the Legislature had given the utility the statutory authority to do so. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018 The humble streetlight is an indicator of the times. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Meet the twist-and-turning streetlamp of the future," 14 Sep. 2018 Escarzaga was dressed in black clothing with black sandals and the streetlights were off along that stretch of road, detectives said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Woman struck, killed in Pompano Beach," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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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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