lamp

noun \ ˈlamp \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of lamp

1 a :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 :a celestial body
3 :a source of intellectual or spiritual illumination
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.

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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



LAMP Defined for English Language Learners

lamp

noun

Definition of lamp for English Language Learners

  • : a device that produces light


LAMP Defined for Kids

lamp

noun \ ˈlamp \

Definition of lamp for Students

:a device for producing light
  • a kerosene lamp
  • an electric lamp

Medical Dictionary

lamp

noun \ ˈlamp \

medical Definition of lamp

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


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