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[surch-lahyt] /ˈsɜrtʃˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a device, usually consisting of a light and reflector, for throwing a beam of light in any direction.
2.
a beam of light so thrown.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; search + light1
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British Dictionary definitions for search light

searchlight

/ˈsɜːtʃˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a device, consisting of a light source and a reflecting surface behind it, that projects a powerful beam of light in a particular direction
2.
the beam of light produced by such a device
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Word Origin and History for search light

searchlight

n.

also search-light, 1882, from search (v.) + light (n.).

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Encyclopedia Article for search light

searchlight

high-intensity electric light with a reflector shaped to concentrate the beam, used to illuminate or search for distant objects or as a beacon.

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