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  • n. Plural form of searchlight.


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  • The searchlights were the major complaints and many pilots dealt with them by simply taping newspapers inside their windshields; they were flying by instruments or in clouds or fog so they were not looking out the windows anyway.

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  • E.g., a doctor friend had no word for "searchlights" (at a store opening) and my cleaning woman could not give me the Spanish for "window sill."


  • Europe (whence at that time even the Home Government had to import many essential requirements, such as searchlights), but from England itself.

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  • I had to wake everyone in the car and point it out - at first I had no idea where these "searchlights" were coming from, especially out in the middle of nowhere.

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  • Firefighters sprayed jets of water and special foam while helicopters circled, searchlights scanning, but the flames kept licking out, somehow finding air.

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  • The searchlights fixed on the bow of Topaz peered into the darkness.

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  • I'd never been to a premiere before and Diane hadn't either, it was very exciting to go to a major premiere, the searchlights, limousines, a big party afterwards.

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  • Others tackled the issue of how to respond: Elmer Sperry of the Sperry Gyroscope Company proposed sending a beacon to Mars using 150 to 200 of his company's searchlights.

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  • Allie and Command-Pilot Okitas brightened visibly as the glowing green castlescape loomed, blotting out pretty much everything else, with its swirling searchlights and rapidly moving holosigns.

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  • The seven men drifted along the high wall of the vast ship, carefully pulled themselves up around the ragged edge of the torn wall and shined their searchlights into the darkness of the fuselage.

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