Definition of headlight in English:


(also headlamp)


  • A powerful light at the front of a motor vehicle or railway engine.

    • ‘The most apparent changes are to the radiator grille design, with newly designed headlamps and tail lights, as well as refined interior fittings.’
    • ‘Present-day motor vehicle headlamps are the product of a long evolutionary process.’
    • ‘Plug the wiring connector into the back of the new headlight and place the light in the mounting base.’
    • ‘Large headlights are repeated in the size and styling of the rear light clusters.’
    • ‘I have no idea why anyone needs heated seats, electric mirrors or windscreen wipers on the headlights.’
    • ‘All other lights in the car are used to enhance or reinforce the light emitted by the headlamps so that the vehicle would be clearly visible as it is driven down the road.’
    • ‘It also confuses the eye, and often you're left wondering whether that's a street light or a headlight you're rushing towards.’
    • ‘A second look, however, reveals extra chrome, a reprofiled front bumper, new fog lamps and a slight redesign to the front grille and headlamps.’
    • ‘Purchase a headlight for the front of your bike, and then attach it to the center of your handlebars or another location of your choosing.’
    • ‘All new models get a new front bumper design, new headlamps and tail lights, a new front grille and revised power vents.’
    • ‘We would head down a different alley, only to find the headlights swinging round in front of us again.’
    • ‘I also had to change the headlights because the lights that it came with were incandescent.’
    • ‘A motor vehicle headlight has a light source cooperating with optical means to produce a beam which is generally spread widthwise.’
    • ‘For the last person into goal we nearly had to turn on the car headlights for landing lights at the airstrip.’
    • ‘These include a large radiator grille, almond-shaped headlamps and a redesigned profile.’
    • ‘A bug bounced off of the light of the headlights, dancing in and out of the halo of white.’
    • ‘From the outside, the new model can be distinguished by its new front and rear bumper sections, new headlamps and grille up front, and new clear lens lamp clusters at the back.’
    • ‘The car comes very well equipped and the self adjusting xenon headlights are powerful.’
    • ‘The restyled headlamps and front grille help to give it a sportier, meaner look.’
    • ‘They were caught by the photographer, like rabbits in front of the headlights of a car.’
    lamp, torch, flashlight
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  • like a deer (or rabbit) in the headlights

    • Used to refer to a state of fear, panic, or confusion so extreme that it is impossible to act or think normally.

      ‘faced with too many choices and not enough real information, we are like deer caught in the headlights’
      ‘his deer-in-the-headlights expression’
      • ‘Prior to the winter break there were times when Skovdahl looked like a deer in the headlights as defeat followed defeat.’
      • ‘So she stood there like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘All of a sudden there he was like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘Lack of updates as I am feeling like a rabbit in the headlights right now.’
      • ‘The Government is running scared; it is like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘She just stood there, terrified, like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘Faced with the issue on the campaign trail, the visionary environmentalist looked like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘She stood there like a rabbit in the headlights.’
      • ‘We abandon good judgment and good decisions and (as I said earlier) look like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘This youngster, Rob, moves in my cell like a deer in the headlights.’