Definition of headlight in English:


(also headlamp)


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

    • ‘For the last person into goal we nearly had to turn on the car headlights for landing lights at the airstrip.’
    • ‘Present-day motor vehicle headlamps are the product of a long evolutionary process.’
    • ‘All new models get a new front bumper design, new headlamps and tail lights, a new front grille and revised power vents.’
    • ‘The restyled headlamps and front grille help to give it a sportier, meaner look.’
    • ‘The car comes very well equipped and the self adjusting xenon headlights are powerful.’
    • ‘I have no idea why anyone needs heated seats, electric mirrors or windscreen wipers on the headlights.’
    • ‘Plug the wiring connector into the back of the new headlight and place the light in the mounting base.’
    • ‘These include a large radiator grille, almond-shaped headlamps and a redesigned profile.’
    • ‘It also confuses the eye, and often you're left wondering whether that's a street light or a headlight you're rushing towards.’
    • ‘The most apparent changes are to the radiator grille design, with newly designed headlamps and tail lights, as well as refined interior fittings.’
    • ‘Large headlights are repeated in the size and styling of the rear light clusters.’
    • ‘We would head down a different alley, only to find the headlights swinging round in front of us again.’
    • ‘A bug bounced off of the light of the headlights, dancing in and out of the halo of white.’
    • ‘A motor vehicle headlight has a light source cooperating with optical means to produce a beam which is generally spread widthwise.’
    • ‘A second look, however, reveals extra chrome, a reprofiled front bumper, new fog lamps and a slight redesign to the front grille and headlamps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were caught by the photographer, like rabbits in front of the headlights of a car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also had to change the headlights because the lights that it came with were incandescent.’
    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’
      • ‘All of a sudden there he was like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘Prior to the winter break there were times when Skovdahl looked like a deer in the headlights as defeat followed defeat.’
      • ‘She just stood there, terrified, like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘The Government is running scared; it is like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘She stood there like a rabbit in the headlights.’
      • ‘Faced with the issue on the campaign trail, the visionary environmentalist looked like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘This youngster, Rob, moves in my cell like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘We abandon good judgment and good decisions and (as I said earlier) look like a deer in the headlights.’
      • ‘Lack of updates as I am feeling like a rabbit in the headlights right now.’
      • ‘So she stood there like a deer in the headlights.’