• WordNet 3.6
    • n headlight a powerful light with reflector; attached to the front of an automobile or locomotive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Headlight hĕd"līt` (Engin) A light, with a powerful reflector, placed at the front of a vehicle such as an automobile, truck, locomotive etc., to throw light on the road or track ahead of the vehicle at night, or in going through a dark tunnel; a headlamp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n headlight A large lamp or lantern and reflector carried on the front of a locomotive and serving to illuminate the track by night. On locomotives of European make two headlights are carried, one over each rail of the track, and they are set much lower than the headlight of an American locomotive.
    • n headlight A white light carried at a steamer's masthead when under way.
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  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”


Deer in the headlights - When one is caught offguard and needs to make a decision, but cannot react quickly.


In literature:

I never did have a chance to build headlights for this machine so you will have to do instead.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
For a moment the whine of the turbine was high, the gleam of the headlights low, then they were on their way.
"Take the Reason Prisoner" by John Joseph McGuire
As I turned to jump I was nearly blinded by two enormous headlights.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Night fell and the headlights glared ahead, and the staff car clanked and clanked and grumbled and roared on through the darkness.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He was obliged to seek cover from the rays of its headlights.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Night was falling, and bright headlights were gleaming over the tumbled fields.
"Rollo in Society" by George S. Chappell
With it glowing there, a headlight for his gallant heart, Stud set himself to climb.
"Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl" by Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
The young folk, Pratt and Frances, sighted the headlight up the track.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He had turned on the headlights as they approached the fishing village; he kept them on.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They examined the wound in the glare from the jeep's headlights.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
The slit in the headlight hood gave only a meager amount of light and did not show more than ten feet ahead of the car.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
They spoke scarcely a word until they saw the headlight of her train.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
Hundreds of pairs of eyes were turned their way as their headlights cut through the night.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Headlights came sweeping up the drive, and a few minutes later, Lefferts, in full evening dress, entered the house.
"Come Out of the Kitchen!" by Alice Duer Miller
I knew it for the headlight of a locomotive coming toward us on the parallel track.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
No one stood in the verandah, but the glare of powerful automobile headlights blinded him.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp
It would have done for a headlight and made Joseph's coat of many colors look like a mourning garment.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
Then to her surprise, the headlights were flashed on.
"Penny Nichols Finds a Clue" by Joan Clark
As they rounded a sharp curve, Mr. Nichols reached down to switch on the headlights.
"Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery" by Joan Clark
The headlights nod across the cliff, The fog blows out to sea.
"Songs of the Silent World" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

In poetry:

The fleet, with idle canvas hung,
Like a brute life, sleeps patiently.
The headlights nod across the cliff,
The fog blows out to sea.
"Gloucester Harbor" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The headlights picked out single faces,
Militiamen, stretches of street.
The nurse with a smelling-salts phial
Was rocked to and fro on her seat.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak
He hears a roar behind,
A howl, a hoot, and a yell
A headlight strikes him blind
And a stench o'erpowers the wind Like a blast from the mouth of Hell.
"Contradictions" by Rudyard Kipling
Up rose the mist, and at last we could see
The signals at Colpey Junction clear.
"Take off the brake; we have nothing to fear,
And put out the headlight," said Dick to me.
"Bill's Length" by Alexander Anderson
The pot-bellied merchant foreboding no wrong
With headlight and sidelight he lieth along,
Till, lightless and lightfoot and lurking, leap we
To force him discover his business by sea.
"Cruisers" by Rudyard Kipling
The headlight finds the way
And life is gone from the wet and the welter—
Only an old woman, bloated, disheveled and bleared.
Far-wandered waif of other days,
Huddles for sleep in a doorway,
"Old Woman" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Hazy headlights to be repaired on 2013 models.
Vitalcor's Gemini Plus replaces the Gemini Headlight and is available with a camera.
It's fully street legal, with headlights, turn signals and a loud horn.
As I pulled in to park at my home after work on Sunday, I saw a mysterious creature ahead in my headlights.
Chrysler guarantee ends minivan-headlight probe.
A Tyrone man who allegedly drove up on police without headlights is facing drunken driving charges.
Manufacturers of high-priced headlight bulbs are touting brighter light and greater visibility down the road, which is alluring for drivers, but are they much different than standard bulbs.
0 The 2013 Ford Fusion was recalled for the second time in two weeks, this time to fix a headlight issue.
Ford is recalling about 19,000 of its new Fusion sedans to fix a headlight problem.
The 2013 Ford Fusion was recalled for the second time in two weeks, this time to fix a headlight issue.
Penske installing LED headlights from Truck-Lite.
Penske Installing LED Headlights From Truck-Lite on 5,000 Rental Semi-Trucks.
Angelica L Holley, 39, of 725 State St, Carthage, also was charged with driving without headlights as a result of her arrest at 12:10 am Monday by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies on State Street in Carthage.
View full size Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger A piece of a broken headlight and a seat belt were placed in a memorial for Nicholas Novaky, and his passenger Neil Solanki.
Federal safety regulators have closed an investigation into headlights that can go dark on 2005 and early 2006 Chrysler minivans .

In science:

Tingting Fu, Peng Liu, Yigang Wang, Yehua Du, "Integrating Agents and Web Services into Cooperative Design Platform of Vehicle Headlights," snpd, vol. 1, pp.27-32, Eighth ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking, and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2007), 2007 .
Design specifications of the Human Robotic interface for the biomimetic underwater robot "yellow submarine project"