carbide lamp


Definition of carbide lamp

: a lamp that produces light by the combustion of acetylene gas created by the measured combination of water and calcium carbide The major disadvantage of a carbide lamp is that it blows out quite easily in windy passages and is next to useless when climbing in a waterfall.— David R. McClurg, The Amateur's Guide To Caves & Caving, 1973

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First Known Use of carbide lamp

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Carbide lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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