searchlight

[surch-lahyt]

noun

a device, usually consisting of a light and reflector, for throwing a beam of light in any direction.
a beam of light so thrown.

Origin of searchlight

First recorded in 1880–85; search + light1
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Related Words for searchlight

light, flashlight, beacon, torch, searchlight, gaslight, strobe, stroboscope

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British Dictionary definitions for searchlight

searchlight

noun

a device, consisting of a light source and a reflecting surface behind it, that projects a powerful beam of light in a particular direction
the beam of light produced by such a device
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Word Origin and History for searchlight
n.

also search-light, 1882, from search (v.) + light (n.).

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