lamp

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noun \ˈlamp\

Definition of lamp

  1. 1a :  any of various devices for producing light or sometimes heat: such as (1) :  a vessel with a wick for burning an inflammable liquid (such as oil) to produce light (2) :  a glass bulb or tube that emits light produced by electricity (such as an incandescent light bulb or fluorescent lamp)b :  a decorative appliance housing a lamp that is usually covered by a shade

  2. 2 :  a celestial body

  3. 3 :  a source of intellectual or spiritual illumination

  4. 4 :  eye 1a —usually used in plural

Examples of lamp in a sentence

  1. I didn't realize it had gotten so dark in the room until my wife came in and turned on the lamp, momentarily blinding me.

Origin and Etymology of lamp

Middle English, from Anglo-French lampe, from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine; akin to Hittite lap- to burn


First Known Use: 13th century



LAMP Defined for English Language Learners

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noun \ˈlamp\

Definition of lamp for English Language Learners

  • : a device that produces light


LAMP Defined for Kids

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Definition of lamp for Students

  1. :  a device for producing light a kerosene lamp an electric lamp


Medical Dictionary

lamp

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noun \ˈlamp\

Medical Definition of lamp

  1. :  any of various devices for producing light or heat—see kromayer lamp, slit lamp



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