lamp

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noun \ˈlamp\

Definition of lamp

  1. 1 a :  any of various devices for producing light or sometimes heat: as (1) :  a vessel with a wick for burning an inflammable liquid (as oil) to produce light (2) :  a glass bulb or tube that emits light produced by electricity (as an incandescent lightbulb 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

lamp

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noun \ˈlamp\

Definition of lamp for English Language Learners

  • : a device that produces light


LAMP Defined for Kids

lamp

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noun \ˈlamp\

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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