headlight


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 terms are interchangeable.
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Dictionary of automotive terms. 2015.

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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 — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — 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 — /hed luyt /, n. a light or lamp, usually equipped with a reflector, on the front of an automobile, locomotive, etc. [1860 65, Amer.; HEAD + LIGHT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • headlight — noun A bright light, with a lens and reflector, on the front of a motor vehicle, designed to illuminate the road when driving at night; normally one of a pair. Syn: headlamp …   Wiktionary