Definition of floodlight in English:



  • 1A large, powerful light, typically one of several used to illuminate a sports ground, a stage, or the exterior of a building.

    • ‘They will be able to relax in the plaza during the day and at night when the city's ancient walls will be lit by floodlights.’
    • ‘So the MoD gave special permission for a concrete area at the back of Roman Barracks to be lit up with floodlights and used as an emergency landing strip.’
    • ‘At the beginning of next year, the clock tower - which stands outside the station - is to be repaired and will be lit by floodlights.’
    • ‘The event was originally scheduled for last weekend and was to have been staged under floodlights on North Beach.’
    • ‘Four powerful floodlights may look quite pretty dancing in the distance 200 yards away but alas they're virtually invisible directly above your head.’
    • ‘She said the lights, which include floodlights and adverts on the door, were installed a year ago without permission and replaced a single lantern.’
    • ‘At night they worked under the glare of powerful floodlights and members of the ship's company helped.’
    • ‘When I inquired about her night lighting, she said that her neighbors had floodlights flashing throughout the night for security purposes.’
    • ‘It's never allowed to touch the ground, and you're not allowed to fly it at night unless it be lit by floodlights.’
    • ‘Another concern was light pollution as additional floodlights will be built.’
    • ‘The glowing stage lights, bright television studio lights and cinema floodlights have all taken turns to illuminate his path as an actor.’
    • ‘There are lead-in lights from the river approach, landing floodlights, a marker beacon and a lighted windsock.’
    • ‘Suddenly, his eyes snapped open, revealing a light like floodlights on full blaze.’
    • ‘There, on the ground beneath him, was the light from the floodlights.’
    • ‘These employees, like the rest of the on-shore mining personnel, worked long shifts, the dredges being lit up at night with high wattage floodlights.’
    • ‘With the light fading the floodlights were switched on to allow the match to continue to full-time.’
    • ‘The rest of the venue will be lit with powerful floodlights.’
    • ‘The back of her cloak was a shiny satin-like black with deep red highlights, like a brochure photo of a black Mercedes lit with red floodlights.’
    • ‘The skies darkened ominously and the light sensitive floodlights in the Hollow switched on to combat the 1.00 p.m. early darkness.’
    • ‘There were headlights, floodlights, tail lights and spot lights.’
    lamp, torch, flashlight
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The illumination provided by a floodlight.
      ‘a tennis court where you can play by floodlight’
      • ‘Instead of the eternally fuelled floodlight they'd once been, this light was like the tip of a flame, a prick of daylight in the darkness of ones soul.’
      • ‘The matches will be played in floodlight over the weekends so that the corporates can relax and enjoy the game.’
      • ‘It seems no time since we were cursing the never-ending long, dark, cold winter evenings spent working in the garden either by floodlight or, if it was wet, in the shed building cold frames.’
      • ‘She said the work to repair the damage to the stopcock went on under floodlight until after midnight.’


  • Illuminate (a building or outdoor area) with floodlights.

    ‘floodlit football pitches’
    • ‘One thing still amazes me: at the end of the day the site was floodlit, and the crews were on the job.’
    • ‘At night much of this central area is floodlit, giving an impression, reinforced by the many pavement cafes, of central Paris.’
    • ‘The money was initially set aside for Moorhead High to build six floodlit all-weather areas with changing rooms and an athletics track.’
    • ‘An application for planning consent has just been made to replace the semi-obsolete lighting with new-style floodlighting towers down each side of the pitch.’
    • ‘The 184-foot floodlit work of art will be built next to the City of Manchester Stadium as a celebration of the Commonwealth Games.’
    • ‘A new sixth form block is due to be completed ready for next term and work on a new sports hall and floodlit artificial pitch backed by National Lottery funding is due to begin shortly.’
    • ‘Residents are celebrating the completion of a new £52,000 floodlit venue for community events.’
    • ‘Bow Church is already floodlit and hosts the occasional arty show.’
    • ‘At the east end of the playing fields there would be a £500,000 floodlit all-weather football and hockey pitch.’
    • ‘A café and crèche are also included, along with four floodlit all-weather outdoor playing fields.’
    • ‘The mountains are floodlit, and the streets are lined with travellers and locals alike, who enjoy the outdoor cafes and night markets.’
    • ‘The track surrounding the football pitch is fully floodlit and measures 0.3 of a mile.’
    • ‘He added that Wilton was lucky that Old St Mary's Church was now floodlit at night, thanks to the town's Rotary Club.’
    • ‘We don't want floodlit football pitches, we want decent housing and back alleys and a larger community centre.’
    • ‘At night, the field was floodlit and groups of men and women played soccer and softball there.’
    • ‘The project includes an extension to the fitness room, a new floodlit multi-use games area and an extended car park.’
    • ‘The all-weather, floodlit synthetic pitch will be available by October and in use all year round by everyone in the community.’
    • ‘One of the top buildings to be floodlit will be the 800-year-old Norman castle, perched high on the cliffs between the two bays.’
    • ‘The car park is floodlit, so therefore, the possibility is there for skating 24 / 7.’
    • ‘The Cessna light plane eventually landed safely on a concrete, floodlit area at Roman Barracks as fire engines and paramedics stood by in case it burst into flames.’
    make lighter, make brighter, brighten, light up, illuminate, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight
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