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riding light


anchor light

noun, Nautical.
a 32-point light, visible from at least two miles away, shown at night near the bow and not more than 20 feet (6 meters) above the deck of a vessel lying at anchor.
Also called riding light. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As soon as he had gone Lawless gave orders that a constant watch was to be kept on the smack's riding-light throughout the night.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • "I must ask you to hoist a riding-light when you get aboard your hooker, Mr. Rossan, and keep it burning all night," he said.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • The cigar soon languished and dropped, and I dozed uneasily, for the riding-light was on my mind.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • This plan succeeded at last, and with relief and humility I boarded her, relit the riding-light, and carried off the kedge anchor.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • I struck out for another of these little islands, and it was from that one that I first saw your riding-light.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • On the stealthy-looking little grey steamship at anchor under the obscure stars not even a riding-light was visible.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • But Captain Mayo, pacing under the damp gleam of the riding-light, paid but little heed to the hullabaloo.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day

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