low beam

the beam of a car's headlights that provides illumination for a short distance

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: the short-range focus of a vehicle headlight that directs the light below the eye level of oncoming drivers — contrasted with high beam; distinguished from parking lights

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an automobile headlight beam providing short-range illumination of a road and intended chiefly for use in driving on the streets of cities, towns, etc. Cf. high beam.

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low beam,
the less intense of the two beams in an automobile headlight.

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n. an automobile headlight providing short-range illumination, used on lit roads and when visible to oncoming traffic

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

The car's headlights were on low beam.


Turn on your low beams.

— compare high beam

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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