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incandescent lamp

a lamp that emits light due to the glowing of a heated material, especially the common device in which a tungsten filament enclosed within an evacuated glass bulb is rendered luminous by the passage of an electric current through it.
Compare fluorescent lamp.
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  • At this point, he had succeeded in making the incandescent lamp and could now resume his work on the phonograph.
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British Dictionary definitions for incandescent lamp

incandescent lamp

a source of light that contains a heated solid, such as an electrically heated filament
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incandescent lamp

A lamp that produces light by heating up a filament of wire inside a bulb with an electric current, causing incandescence. The glass bulb containing the filament is filled with a nonreactive gas, such as argon, to prevent the wire from burning. Compare fluorescent lamp.
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