n. apparatus for directing most or all of available light in one direction.
   ♦ holophotal, a.

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  • Holophote — Hol o*phote, n. A lamp with lenses or reflectors to collect the rays of light and throw them in a given direction; used in lighthouses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holophote — /hol euh foht , hoh leuh /, n. an apparatus by which practically all the light from a lighthouse lamp or the like is thrown in a desired direction. [1840 50; back formation from holophotal (HOLO + photal); see PHOTIC, AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • holophote — hol·o·phote …   English syllables

  • holophote — /ˈhɒləfoʊt/ (say holuhfoht) noun an apparatus by which practically all the light from a lighthouse lamp, etc., is thrown in the desired direction. {holo + Greek phos light} –holophotal /hɒləˈfoʊtl/ (say holuh fohtl), adjective …  

  • holophote — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌfōt noun ( s) Etymology: back formation from holophotal : an optical apparatus for collecting and throwing in a desired direction by means of lenses or reflectors a large amount of the light from a source (as a lighthouse lamp) …   Useful english dictionary

  • holophotal — |hälə|fōd.əl, |hōl adjective Etymology: hol + phot + al : of or relating to a holophote; especially : reflecting the whole of the light from a light source in a given direction * * * holophōtˈal adjective (Gr phōs, phōtos light) • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

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