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[lahyt-hous] /ˈlaɪtˌhaʊs/
noun, plural lighthouses
[lahyt-hou-ziz] /ˈlaɪtˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in following certain routes, etc.
either of two cylindrical metal towers placed forward on the forecastle of the main deck of a sailing ship, to house the port and starboard running lights.
Origin of lighthouse
1655-65; light1 + house Unabridged
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  • He even went so far as to suggest that the state should get out of the lighthouse business.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts paid the lighthouse keeper to protect the two birds from hunters.
  • He also improved lighthouse signaling and created a quick-release system for railway carriages.
  • Air traffic control towers may someday go the way of the lighthouse.
  • None of the sectors is a lighthouse of innovation and best practices.
  • Since he clearly loathes the public he would probably be better suited to a career as the keeper of an isolated lighthouse.
  • He was at first trained to be a lighthouse engineer, following the profession of his family.
  • He suggested hanging buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm.
  • The views from the top of the lighthouse tower are stunning, and the area acts as a preserve for local flora and fauna.
  • The park contains an historic lighthouse, waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and wildlife including bobcats and deer.
British Dictionary definitions for lighthouse


a fixed structure in the form of a tower equipped with a light visible to mariners for warning them of obstructions, for marking harbour entrances, etc
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Word Origin and History for lighthouse

1620s, from light (n.) + house (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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