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low beam

an automobile headlight beam providing short-range illumination of a road and intended chiefly for use in driving on the streets of cities, towns, etc.
Compare high beam.
Origin of low beam
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In going through the entry there was a low beam across it, which made it necessary to stoop, in order to avoid being struck by it.

  • Being more than common tall, Mr Oliphant's head was saved by the intervention of a low beam, in which a deep sword-cut was found.

  • The lantern hung from a low beam just above his face; his eyes blazed across the short interval with the splendor of a hawk's.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Keeping the illuminator on low beam, Dfar-Lll led the way through the bushes.

    Collector's Item Evelyn E. Smith

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