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lamp

[lamp] /læmp/
noun
1.
any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas.
2.
a container for an inflammable liquid, as oil, which is burned at a wick as a means of illumination.
3.
a source of intellectual or spiritual light:
the lamp of learning.
4.
any of various devices furnishing heat, ultraviolet, or other radiation:
an infrared lamp.
5.
a celestial body that gives off light, as the moon or a star.
6.
a torch.
7.
lamps, Slang. the eyes.
verb (used with object)
8.
Slang. to look at; eye.
Idioms
9.
smell of the lamp, to give evidence of laborious study or effort:
His dissertation smells of the lamp.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English lampe < Old French < Late Latin lampada, for Latin lampas (stem lampad-) < Greek lampás lamp; akin to lámpē torch, lamp, lámpein to shine
Related forms
lampless, adjective
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Examples from the web for lamp
  • At the same moment the carriage began to move, and a gas-lamp at the head of the slip flashed its light into the window.
  • Sip soup by the light of an oil lamp from a perch next to wraparound windows.
  • And she spent all of her first week of life nodding off under the heat lamp, then being startled back awake.
  • Take a row of carrels along a dark wall, each outfitted with an arm lamp.
  • Tonight turn on a lamp by your bed and read a few of your cherished books.
  • The yard lamp died years before, but provided a good prop for the ivy.
  • She chose the placement of every tile, dish and lamp.
  • His desk lamp went out, suddenly and for no apparent reason.
  • Look at the pale shifting of my skin under the red eye of the ticking heat lamp.
  • lamp posts and low fences of hewn, unpainted timber blend with the background.
British Dictionary definitions for lamp

lamp

/læmp/
noun
1.
  1. any of a number of devices that produce illumination: an electric lamp, a gas lamp, an oil lamp
  2. (in combination): lampshade
2.
a device for holding one or more electric light bulbs: a table lamp
3.
a vessel in which a liquid fuel is burned to supply illumination
4.
any of a variety of devices that produce radiation, esp for therapeutic purposes: an ultraviolet lamp
Word Origin
C13 lampe, via Old French from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine
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Word Origin and History for lamp
n.

c.1200, from Old French lampe "lamp, lights" (12c.), from Latin lampas "a light, torch, flambeau," from Greek lampas "torch, lamp, beacon, meteor, light," from lampein "to shine," from nasalized form of PIE root *lap- "to shine" (cf. Lithuanian lope "light," Old Irish lassar "flame"). Replaced Old English leohtfæt "light vessel." To smell of the lamp "be a product of laborious night study" is from 1570s.

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lamp in Medicine

lamp (lāmp)
n.
A device that generates light, heat, or therapeutic radiation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lamp

lamp

noun
  1. An eye: a beefsteak for this lamp of mine (1590+)
  2. A look; glance; gander (1920s+)
verb

To see; look at: Lamp the lad in blue (1916+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lamp in the Bible

(1.) That part of the candle-sticks of the tabernacle and the temple which bore the light (Ex. 25:37; 1 Kings 7:49; 2 Chr. 4:20; 13:11; Zech. 4:2). Their form is not described. Olive oil was generally burned in them (Ex. 27:20). (2.) A torch carried by the soliders of Gideon (Judg. 7:16, 20). (R.V., "torches.") (3.) Domestic lamps (A.V., "candles") were in common use among the Hebrews (Matt. 5:15; Mark 4:21, etc.). (4.) Lamps or torches were used in connection with marriage ceremonies (Matt. 25:1). This word is also frequently metaphorically used to denote life, welfare, guidance, etc. (2 Sam. 21:17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 6:23; 13:9).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for lamp

a device for producing illumination, consisting originally of a vessel containing a wick soaked in combustible material, and subsequently such other light-producing instruments as gas and electric lamps.

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