high beam

the beam of a car's headlights that provides distant illumination

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: the focus of a vehicle headlight that sends the light forward for maximum long-range illumination of the road ahead and is intended for driving in open country — contrasted with low beam

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an automobile headlight beam providing bright, long-range illumination of a darkened road and chiefly for use in driving in nonurban areas.
Also, highbeam. Cf. low beam.

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high beam,
the stronger of the two beams in automobile headlights.

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n. the brightest setting of a vehicle's headlights
high beams the headlights of a vehicle when set on high beam

glare from the high beams of a car coming up behind them

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noun, pl ⋯ beams
US : the setting of a vehicle's headlights that makes the brightest light

The car's headlights were on high beam.


Turn off your high beams.

called also (Brit) full beam — compare low beam

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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