arc lamp


: an electric lamp that produces light by an arc made when a current passes between two incandescent electrodes surrounded by gas

called also arc light

Examples of arc lamp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Camouflage It Though understated and neutral in color, this living room designed by Tamsin Johnson bursts with mod personality, from the arc lamp to the rattan furniture. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 21 Apr. 2023 Along the same side of the room in the opposite corner, Jude has placed a large arc lamp to complement the other curved lines in the space, including the arched entryway and the eyebrow windows. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2022 Rembaum sourced the vintage arc lamp in the living room from a dealer in Berlin. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 5 Sep. 2021 An arc light, or arc lamp, is a source of illumination created when electricity flows between two carbon electrodes. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 16 Apr. 2021 Pity the poor shopper who enters the light-bulb aisle ignorant of the evolutionary changes to Ole’ Tom’s electric arc lamp, as it was originally called. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2019 The store was filled with innovations: electric arc lamps, elevators, pneumatic tubes to move money and receipts. Marc Levinson, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2018 From using far-reaching arc lamps to getting strategic with mirrors, ahead are the best hacks to drag the light in. Marlen Komar, Curbed, 26 June 2018 Taxidermy parrots from Maison Deyrolle and potted palm trees playfully nod to Hapsburg excess, while a polished chrome arc lamp provides a decisive dose of modern. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arc lamp was in 1879

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“Arc lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

arc lamp

: a lamp that produces light when an electric current passes between two hot electrodes surrounded by gas

called also arc light

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