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 will indicate that the generator is not charging and the oil pressure is low, respectively. Also called a nondis-crete indicator. The term, however, is rarely used.

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  • 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 — 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 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

  • 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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