Definition of full beam in English:

full beam

noun

mass nounBritish
  • The brightest setting of a vehicle's headlights.

    ‘his headlights were on full beam’
    • ‘The silver Mini Cooper drove smoothly down the darkened tunnel with its full beam headlights on at 30 mph.’
    • ‘The reasoning here being that I would see the full beam headlights of any other vehicles in the distance and have plenty of time to slow down.’
    • ‘We're heading to Gilling East, near Helmsley - the full beam of the car headlights guiding our way along the snaking B1223.’
    • ‘She said the prosecution case rested on whether or not Liversage should have put on his full beam headlights.’
    • ‘I'm not sure the shop behind her was too keen either on me managing to put the headlights on full beam.’
    • ‘On full beam they are hugely bright, but dip them and it's like they've gone out.’
    • ‘Rush hour comes, with more beeping, young drivers overtaking in unbelievable places, buses blinding you with their full beam lights on, and traffic jams everywhere.’
    • ‘He told the court a car came round a bend with full beam headlights on which blinded him, and within a second, a dark object fell into the side of his car.’
    • ‘The side-lights seemed to be working and with them on full beam I could see where I was going, but it was slightly weird to have had sudden and simultaneous headlight failure.’
    • ‘The most important new rule introduced with the amendments is that motorists are to be obliged between October 1 and March 31 to drive with headlights on, but not necessarily on full beam, even in daytime.’
    • ‘Thanks to evolutionary optimisation techniques we have been able to search for full beam configurations, that is, beam intensity, beam shape and especially beam orientation.’
    • ‘A fair number of cars were still driving back from Wellington and for some reason many were driving on full beam.’
    • ‘For some unknown reason I'm frequently blinded on dual carriageways by morons who seem to believe that because they're on a wider road than normal they can use their full beam regardless of oncoming traffic on the other carriageway.’
    • ‘He put on his full beam and then saw a person lying on the road.’
    • ‘With dive lights on full beam we followed the curve of the ship until a flaking ridge of steel gave us our first indication of the wreck's position.’
    • ‘The objective was to shine my full beam where I thought I'd seen the car.’
    • ‘With wipers, horn and full beam controls mounted on the steering wheel, indicators to your right and gearbox to your left, you rarely need to leave the steering wheel, definitely a good thing given how at one with the car you become.’
    • ‘I squeeze my eyes shut as the harsh, electrical light flicks on full beam in the room.’
    • ‘When on, the light switches from a high intensity full beam to low beam depending on the user's preference.’
    • ‘As it is possible to see double the distance on full beam as compared to dipped headlights, it is better to drive with full beam unless required otherwise, you are told.’

Pronunciation

full beam