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searchlight

[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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Examples from the web for searchlight
  • Imagine trying to spot a moth flying around the rim of a searchlight.
  • As long as it provides enough light to see, it doesn't have to be a searchlight.
  • The searchlight beams on the right had picked up an enemy raider.
  • As the machine's name implies, its beam will be continuous and will resemble a powerful searchlight rather than a strobe lamp.
  • Adding to the scrum, a helicopter circles overhead with its searchlight turned on the crowd.
British Dictionary definitions for searchlight

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 searchlight
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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