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magic lantern

a device having an enclosed lamp and a lenslike opening, formerly used for projecting and magnifying images mounted on slides or films.
Origin of magic lantern
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They move over his canvas like the specters thrown by the magic-lantern on its screen.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • The girls had got some friends coming, and wanted me to show off the magic-lantern.

  • Sunday evening meetings: musical or theatrical performances, magic-lantern pictures, tableaux, etc.

  • It was as if I saw a living miniature about the size of a magic-lantern slide.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • For instance, what a delight to any company, be it composed of young folks or old, is a magic-lantern!

  • One evening a magic-lantern exhibition was given in the grandson's honour.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • And as she ceased the enchanted light died away, the windows of granted wishes went out, like magic-lantern pictures.

  • Would you like me to stop the magic-lantern man and go and get him a sheet and a candle-end, as my mother used to do?

  • These notions kept passing and repassing in my mind like the figures in a magic-lantern, with grave and measured step.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • And my ideas were further extended by some photographs of glaciers that my sister brought me for my magic-lantern.

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
British Dictionary definitions for magic-lantern

magic lantern

an early type of slide projector Sometimes shortened to lantern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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