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[fluhd-lahyt] /ˈflʌdˌlaɪt/
an artificial light so directed or diffused as to give a comparatively uniform illumination over a rather large given area.
a lamp or projector that produces such a light.
verb (used with object), floodlighted or floodlit, floodlighting.
to light up or illuminate with a floodlight.
Origin of floodlight
First recorded in 1920-25; flood + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A floodlight turned the area in front of the gate into a patch of daylight.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • A floodlight in the yard made the whole place as light as day.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The glider had disappeared—all I could see was the floodlight.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • Two new stars winked into being, on either side of the floodlight.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • Ivan Fitzgerald, who was carrying the floodlight, swung it slowly around.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • We hadn't carried a floodlight with us—there was no need for one in the moonlight.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • It waited a moment after his outburst, then crossed again to bow low in the floodlight of gold.

  • Jerry leaned forward in quivering preparedness as he saw, in the floodlight of radiance, the body of Winslow lying on the floor.

  • It was as if someone had snapped on a floodlight in a darkened room, and he saw something he had never seen before.

    Star Surgeon Alan Nourse
  • His smooth skin, under which the rounded muscles rolled easily, gleamed white beneath the glare of the floodlight.

British Dictionary definitions for floodlight


a broad intense beam of artificial light, esp as used in the theatre or to illuminate the exterior of buildings
the lamp or source producing such light
verb -lights, -lighting, -lit
(transitive) to illuminate by or as if by a floodlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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