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dark lantern

a lantern having an opening with a shutter that can be slid across the opening to obscure the light.
Origin of dark lantern
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fortunately he got his hand on a dark lantern, in which was a splendid calcium light.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • A dark lantern, the servant or agent that receives the bribe at court.

  • Van Vernet hesitates a moment, looks first at the prisoner, then at Charlie, and slowly draws forth his dark lantern.

    Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch
  • In these lectures you have seen it only as in flashes from a dark lantern.

  • The light of the dark lantern flashed upon the paper and on the white, gloveless hands holding it.

    The Seven who were Hanged Leonid Andreyev
  • He uncovered the lens of his dark lantern and turned the ray on Wixy.

  • A few biskets alone was my provender; but for the supply of my dark lantern I was abundantly careful.

    Secresy E. (Eliza) Fenwick
  • There was no gas here, but the constable's dark lantern showed the way.

    Young Mr. Barter's Repentance David Christie Murray
  • There was also a dark lantern, and various implements used by burglars.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • It was a dark lantern, flashing light before it, itself all in shadow.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for dark lantern

dark lantern

a lantern having a sliding shutter or panel to dim or hide the light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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