idiot light
noun Date: 1966 a colored light on an instrument panel (as of an automobile) designed to give a warning (as of low oil pressure)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Idiot light — is a mildly derogatory term that refers to a simplistic method of displaying information about a system (e.g. an engine, or a piece of factory equipment). Usually found in display panels, such as an automobile dashboard, idiot lights consist of… …   Wikipedia

  • idiot light — n. Informal any of various lights on an instrument panel or dashboard that remind or warn the operator or driver of something * * * …   Universalium

  • idiot light — n. Informal any of various lights on an instrument panel or dashboard that remind or warn the operator or driver of something …   English World dictionary

  • idiot light — n. a light (instead of a meter) on a car’s dashboard that indicates the state of various things concerning the operation of the car. □ I don’t want idiot lights. I want meters! □ The idiot light went on, and I knew I was in some sort of trouble …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • idiot light — A warning or caution light in the cockpit, in lieu of an instrument, which shows the functioning or malfunction of a certain system. Idiot lights may be provided in lieu of ammeters, the engine oil pressure gauge, etc. In these instances, they… …   Aviation dictionary

  • idiot light — noun a colored warning light on an instrument panel (as for low oil pressure) • Hypernyms: ↑red light, ↑warning light • Part Holonyms: ↑control panel, ↑instrument panel, ↑control board, ↑board, ↑panel …   Useful english dictionary

  • idiot light — See idiot lights …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • idiot light — noun Any warning light or indicator on the dashboard of a car, designed to alert the driver of problems, such as the parking brake being on or the oil being low …   Wiktionary

  • idiot light — noun (C) AmE informal one of the lights in a car that warns you when something is wrong …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • idiot light — n. red or flashing lights on dashboard panel of a car that warn the driver of a problem …   English slang

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