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), flood·light·ed or flood·lit, flood·light·ing.

to light up or illuminate with a floodlight.

Nearby words

  1. flooded gum,
  2. flooders,
  3. floodgate,
  4. floodgates,
  5. flooding,
  6. floodlight projector,
  7. floodplain,
  8. floodwater,
  9. floodway,
  10. flooey

Origin of floodlight

First recorded in 1920–25; flood + light1

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British Dictionary definitions for flood-light



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 or -lit

(tr) to illuminate by or as if by a floodlight
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