Definition of headlight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌlīt/
(also headlamp)


A powerful light at the front of a motor vehicle or railroad engine.
Example sentences
  • All new models get a new front bumper design, new headlamps and tail lights, a new front grille and revised power vents.
  • 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.


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
More example sentences
  • Faced with the issue on the campaign trail, the visionary environmentalist looked like a deer in the headlights.
  • She just stood there, terrified, like a deer in the headlights.
  • All of a sudden there he was like a deer in the headlights.

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Syllabification: head·light

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