lamp

[lamp]
noun
1.
any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas. Compare fluorescent lamp, incandescent lamp.
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; Middle English lampe < Old French < Late Latin lampada, for Latin lampas (stem lampad-) < Greek lampás lamp; akin to lámpē torch, lamp, lámpein to shine

lampless, adjective
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lamp (læmp)
 
n
1.  a.  any of a number of devices that produce illumination: an electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp
 b.  (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
 
[C13 lampe, via Old French from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine]

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Word Origin & History

lamp
c.1200, from O.Fr. lampe (12c.), from L. lampas, from Gk. lampas "torch, lamp, beacon, meteor, light," from lampein "to shine," from PIE base *lap- "to shine" (cf. Lith. lope "light," O.Ir. lassar "flame"). Replaced O.E. leohtfæt "light vessel." Lamp-black (1598) is a pigment made from pure, fine
carbon, originally from the soot produced by burning oil in lamps.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Slang Dictionary

lamp definition


  1. tv.
    to look at someone or something. (The “lamps” are the eyes.) : Here, lamp this tire for a minute. It's low isn't it?
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Bible Dictionary

Lamp definition


(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).

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Encyclopedia

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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Example sentences
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.
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