safety lamp

safety lamp

noun
a miner's lamp in which the flame is protected by wire gauze to prevent the immediate ignition of explosive gases.

Origin:
1810–20

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safety lamp
 
n
Also called: Davy lamp an oil-burning miner's lamp in which the flame is surrounded by a metal gauze to prevent it from igniting combustible gas

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safety lamp

lighting device used in places, such as mines, in which there is danger from the explosion of flammable gas or dust. In the late 18th century a demand arose in England for a miner's lamp that would not ignite the gas methane (firedamp), a common hazard of English coal mines. W. Reid Clanny, an Irish physician, invented a lamp about 1813 in which the oil-fuelled flame was separated from the atmosphere by water seals; it required continual pumping for operation. In 1815 the English engineer George Stephenson invented a lamp that kept explosive gases out by pressure of the flame's exhaust and held the flame in by drawing in air at high speed. In 1815 Sir Humphry Davy invented the lamp that bears his name. Davy used a two-layer metal gauze chimney to surround and confine the flame and to conduct the heat of the flame away

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