Definition of lighthouse in English:



  • A tower or other structure containing a beacon light to warn or guide ships at sea.

    • ‘In the years since then, the Park Service has continued to keep the old lighthouse in operating condition in case its unromantic replacement ever breaks down.’
    • ‘Today you can marvel in their beauty at the eleven state lighthouses open to the public.’
    • ‘Our lighthouses are as diverse as our towns.’
    • ‘Except for eight privately-owned towers, all but a handful of Maine's lighthouses now have local support groups.’
    • ‘For more than 100 years, Wisconsin lighthouses have guided ships through our Great Lakes and inland waters.’
    • ‘I do not have an official listing of lighthouses in Newfoundland, but I have compiled a list of 37 of them.’
    • ‘A listing of lighthouses in the National Park System can be found at the NPS Maritime Parks page.’
    • ‘Boarding up the lighthouse, he moved his family and belongings into a new light station at the bottom of the hill.’
    • ‘There are also many lighthouses on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan that you can easily see from your car but they are not open to the public.’
    • ‘His sun-valve was fitted in a number of lighthouses powered by acetylene gas.’
    • ‘Old military buildings can be found near the lighthouse, remnants of the site's military importance during World War II.’
    • ‘In 1995 an embarrassing conversation between a lighthouse and an aircraft carrier was recorded by the Chief of Naval Operations, the transcript of which leaked out to the general public.’
    • ‘And because of dangerous sailing conditions and flat coastline in the region, the construction of a lighthouse was necessary.’
    • ‘I will be adding additional lighthouses to the site as time and travel permit me to do so.’
    • ‘The students will work in cooperative groups to identify different characteristics and facts concerning lighthouses and their history.’
    beacon, pharos, phare, leading light
    lightship, floating light, light vessel
    light, signal
    watchtower, fanal
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