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approach light

noun, Aeronautics.
one of a series of lights installed along the projected centerline of an airport runway to assist a pilot in aligning the aircraft during the approach to landing at night.
Origin of approach light
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They form an approach light, elegant, and so lofty that you cannot touch with the hand the stairs above your head.

  • An inter-system Empire is hard to maintain, even with ships that approach light speed.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick

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