Definition of gaslight in English:



  • 1A type of lamp in which an incandescent mantle is heated by a jet of burning gas:

    ‘an era of gaslights and horse-drawn carriages’
    • ‘I watched his bulky frame receding beneath the gaslight as we pulled away.’
    • ‘And no city sells its gaslights and cobblestones better than Charleston, largely because so much of it is both authentic and charming.’
    • ‘Street gaslights add their glow to the swimming moonshine and are reflected in the siren's diamond coronet and huge dark eyes that know the secrets of the deep.’
    • ‘In the lobby of the police station in Court Square, he looked up from his notepad, squinting at the gaslight after a long engagement with a sheet of paper.’
    • ‘Inside the main room, there is an ornate gaslight in each corner.’
    • ‘What had it come to beyond the gaslights and wood fires?’
    • ‘Every touch is just right - from the titular gaslights, which flicker eerily in the darkness, to the intensely cramped Victorian-era London house that Paula and Gregory occupy.’
    • ‘Central heating and gaslights were included in the architect's specifications, followed a little later by the introduction of electricity throughout the house.’
    • ‘Then she blew out the gaslight and took the pot and spoon to the table.’
    • ‘Did this include the re-introduction of gaslights?’
    • ‘In the theaters, the gaslights are going out, replaced by flat, bright electric illumination.’
    • ‘Landscaping officer Cowling said staff were trying to confirm with historians a story that Maldon was the last place in the country to have working gaslights.’
    • ‘As paved roads, the telegraph, telephone lines, gaslights, and electric lines caused the city to change, so did the CPD.’
    • ‘Electric lighting was such a powerful symbol of progress that early lighting fixtures proudly flaunted bare bulbs so that no one would dare mistake them for gaslights.’
    • ‘It was hard to make out the stars because of the gaslights below the building, but she had a better view here then the one she had in London.’
    • ‘In 1878, he established Edison Electric Light Company and announced plans to invent safe electric lights to take the place of Shanghai's dangerous gaslights.’
    • ‘Turning on the gaslight, hoping that he wouldn't notice the tatty furniture and peeling brown wallpaper, she stepped into his arms, tilting her head so that he had no choice but to bring his lips down onto hers.’
    • ‘It's a shame that gaslights are no longer around, but you can still enjoy deliciously spook atmosphere in the darker streets, and glamour around Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.’
    • ‘Like railroads, gaslights were instrumental stimulants for industrial growth.’
    • ‘The gaslights were few and far between on Water Street.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The light produced by a gaslight:
      ‘in the gaslight she looked paler than ever’
      • ‘The color was particularly brilliant beneath the gaslight of the theater.’
      • ‘Galleries were generally lit by skylights, although by the later nineteenth century many commercial art galleries were using gaslight in order to stay open after dark.’
      • ‘The same decade saw the foundation of the South Kensington Museum, endowed with an exemplary collection for craftsmen to learn from, and soon lit by gaslight in order to encourage working people to visit the collections in the evening.’
      • ‘His eyes were an unusual green color that gave off a faint luminescence in the gaslight.’
      • ‘As late as the early 1900s, older houses with gaslight were still being retrofitted for electricity.’
      • ‘The first public gas company in the world was set up in London in 1812, and Westminster Bridge was the first public thoroughfare to be illuminated by gaslight.’
      • ‘It is the only cinema, perhaps in the country, certainly in the region, that still uses gaslight.’
      • ‘Edison designed this distribution system to compete with gaslight on price, while offering brighter and safer illumination.’
      • ‘Members of Britain's Bowler family, enacting a Victorian lifestyle for PBS's ‘The 1900 House,’ have to read by gaslight and boil their laundry.’
      • ‘It was much like modern gallery openings, except that it was held during the afternoon so that gaslight would not throw off the subtleties of Whistler's harmonies.’
      • ‘Fashionable Victorians flocked to promenade through this new underwater marvel, an amazing twin-bore arched corridor lit by flickering gaslight.’
      • ‘‘Van Gogh mentioned in his letters that his paintings looked different in daylight and gaslight,’ said Bluhm.’
      • ‘The author shows how gaslight gave the night walker the experience of poetry and irrationality.’
      • ‘As Nead compellingly demonstrates, the volatile magic of gaslight lent enchantment and vitality to the pursuit of pleasure after dark, recreating the city as a vast stage set or Benjaminesque phantasmagoria.’
      illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle
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  • Manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity:

    ‘in the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure a coworker is gaslighting me.’
    • ‘She gaslights her mother into a pitiable downfall.’
    • ‘They will try to control the situation in such a way that the person who was gaslighted is kept away from other associates.’
    • ‘A husband who tells his wife that she suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder when she becomes frustrated because she is consistently being told that things that were said or done didn't happen, is gaslighting his wife.’
    • ‘Is this normal, or am I being gaslighted?’
    • ‘I've also realized she's been gaslighting me for months now; causing me to doubt myself and how I've handled things.’
    • ‘She gaslights him into believing he is developing superpowers.’
    • ‘We've always argued, but lately she's accusing me of gaslighting her.’
    • ‘How do you know if you are being gaslighted?’
    • ‘If he is truly "gaslighting" you then he is not following the Christian guidelines of a marriage.’