light bulb

an electric light.

1880–85 Unabridged
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light bulb
Sometimes shortened to: bulb a glass bulb containing a gas, such as argon or nitrogen, at low pressure and enclosing a thin metal filament that emits light when an electric current is passed through it

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Word Origin & History

light bulb
also lightbulb, 1884, from light (n.) + bulb.
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Example sentences
The common incandescent light bulb will soon become a lot less common.
He has often told me that the light bulb came back on the day he started
  consuming medium-chain fatty acids.
The new material could be used to make a novel type of organic light bulb.
Most of that ends up as heat, so you warm a room as much as a bright light bulb.
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