One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A window built into a roof.
- ‘The roof lights that illuminate the entrance to the subway are circular sets of bottle-lights, possibly railway signal lenses, set in concrete.’
- ‘People generally prefer light from above rather than the side, so high level glazing and roof lights are more comfortable and are actually more efficient sources of daylight.’
- ‘The lights are fitted inside the roof light nozzles, which function as peep holes to the outside.’
- ‘Our visitors comment favourably on the redecorated Gallery with its new roof lights, and their children as ever like the bear better than anything else in the house.’
- ‘The interior is bright white, and light cascades in through the roof lights.’
- 1.1 A small interior light on the underside of the roof of a motor vehicle.
- 1.2 A flashing warning light on the top of a police car or other emergency vehicle.
- ‘As the vehicle pulled ahead, he activated the roof light on his cruiser and pulled behind the vehicle.’
- ‘He engaged his roof lights and siren momentarily and the subject vehicle immediately stopped.’
- ‘The arresting officer activated his emergency roof lights and signalled to Deacon to stop.’
- ‘The roof lights and siren came on as the big cop began the chase.’
roof light/ˈro͞of ˌlīt/
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