headlight

headlight
headlight 1861, originally of ships and locomotives, from HEAD (Cf. head) (n.) + LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.). Related: Headlights, which, as slang for "a woman's breasts," is from 1940s.

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  • Headlight — Head light (h[e^]d l[imac]t ), n. (Engin.) A light, with a powerful reflector, placed at the front of a vehicle such as an automobile, truck, locomotive etc., to throw light on the road or track ahead of the vehicle at night, or in going through… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • headlight — (also headlamp) ► NOUN ▪ a powerful light at the front of a motor vehicle or railway engine …   English terms dictionary

  • headlight — ☆ headlight [hed′līt΄ ] n. a light with a reflector and lens, at the front of a locomotive, automobile, etc …   English World dictionary

  • headlight — The main light on the front of a vehicle. In Britain, headlamp refers to the actual unit, whereas headlight is used for the unit as well as for its function and where emphasis is on the actual light produced by the lamp. In North America the… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • headlight — headlamp head lamp (h[e^]d l[a^]mp ), n. A powerful light with a reflector, attached to the front of an automobile, locomotive, or other vehicle; called also {headlight}. Syn: headlight. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • headlight — UK [ˈhedˌlaɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms headlight : singular headlight plural headlights one of the two lights on the front of a vehicle, used for driving at night …   English dictionary

  • headlight — noun Date: 1861 1. a light with a reflector and special lens mounted on the front of a vehicle to illuminate the road ahead; also the beam cast by a headlight 2. a light worn on the forehead (as of a miner or physician) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • headlight — head|light [ˈhedlaıt] n also headlamp [C usually plural] ↑fog lamp, ↑headlight, ↑indicator, ↑mirror 1.) one of the large lights at the front of a vehicle, or the beam of light produced by this ▪ Suddenly, a figure appeared in my headlights . 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Headlight (disambiguation) — Headlight or headlamp may refer to: * Headlamp, a device used to light the road ahead of a vehicle * Headlamp, a mobile lightening fastened to the head for outdoor activities * An illuminating device fastened to the head, used in such activities… …   Wikipedia

  • headlight dimmer switch — A switch which changes the headlight from high beam to low beam or from low beam to high beam. In older vehicles, the switch was located on the floor to the left of the driver s left foot. In newer vehicles, it is found on a stalk projecting from …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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