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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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 Hoping to photograph a person strolling or children playing in the landscape, he was excited to see a small family making their way under the streetlights instead. Sarah Polger, National Geographic, "This dreamy Arctic scene won National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest," 12 June 2019 In addition to lacking clean water, Sandbranch has no streetlights or waste disposal services. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "After tragedy, a Dallas County community still holds out hope running water will one day come," 22 July 2019 The pests gather in swarms on screen doors, car windshields, boats, gas station pumps, ATM machines, streetlights — pretty much any available surface. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Fish flies swarm St. Clair Shores, other lakeside communities across metro Detroit," 21 June 2019 While the streetlight project is tied to the 2017 NOPEC Energized Community Grant, the city is also getting ready to put its $37,000 award for 2018 to work as part of the $50,000 lighting upgrade taking place at the John M. Coyne Recreation Center. John Benson,, "Brooklyn eyes completion of main street and rec center LED light conversion projects," 15 July 2019 Musk's plan is for Tesla to tackle city driving—including streetlights, roundabouts, and other complex intersections—in the coming months. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "“Close to 10%” of Autopilot software team reportedly departs after shakeup," 9 July 2019 Glowing marine systems Artificial light at night radiates from any developed area: houses, streetlights, hotels, and offices. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 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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