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  1. an artificial light so directed or diffused as to give a comparatively uniform illumination over a rather large given area.
  2. a lamp or projector that produces such a light.
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verb (used with object), flood·light·ed or flood·lit, flood·light·ing.
  1. to light up or illuminate with a floodlight.
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Origin of floodlight

First recorded in 1920–25; flood + light1
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Related Words for floodlight

limelight, publicity, light, notoriety, fame, ignite, shine, brighten, kindle, highlight, publicize, accentuate, illuminate, flash, spotlight, interest, flashlight, floodlight, illumine, irradiate

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Historical Examples of floodlight

  • 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.

  • Two new stars winked into being, on either side of the floodlight.

  • Ivan Fitzgerald, who was carrying the floodlight, swung it slowly around.


    H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for floodlight


  1. a broad intense beam of artificial light, esp as used in the theatre or to illuminate the exterior of buildings
  2. the lamp or source producing such light
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verb -lights, -lighting or -lit
  1. (tr) to illuminate by or as if by a floodlight
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