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Definition of lamp

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 : a celestial body
3 : a source of intellectual or spiritual illumination
4 : eye sense 1a usually used in plural

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Examples of lamp in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As with other nursing pioneers like Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale shone a lamp of hope across the world. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Uses Her Annual Christmas Day Broadcast to Send a Message of Hope," 25 Dec. 2020 The Sotheby’s sale takes place on the next to last night of Hanukkah, but the buyer of a silver-gilt Hanukkah lamp, made in Germany in the 18th century, would be all set for next year. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Treasures of Judaica From the Sassoon Family Collection," 11 Dec. 2020 Nods to classic cinema, like a spotlight lamp from Wayfair and black-and-white photos found on Etsy, balance the industrial feel of a New Jersey apartment designed by Shari Francis. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "The Designer’s Guide to Pivoting," 19 Nov. 2020 This landmark German restaurant has one of the city’s oldest — and most charming — restaurant patios, equipped with sheltering walls on three sides, a crackling fire pit, covered pergolas and an enviable diner/heat lamp ratio. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "12 extra-warm patios for fall outdoor dining in the Twin Cities," 14 Oct. 2020 Commonly known for the Aladdin kerosene lamp, the company made electric lamps from the 1930s to 1956. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "All aglow with circumstance: Yenke Peddler antiques," 10 Dec. 2020 Adrienne recommends the Happylight Luxe sun lamp from Verilux. Wired Staff, Wired, "All Hail the Electric Bicycle," 20 Nov. 2020 The cylindrical spinning lamp was decorated with Santa and his sleigh. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Star Benjamin Bradley, aka "Mr. Christmas"," 18 Nov. 2020 The swivel rotates a full 360-degrees and the 200-lumen lamp has four different brightness settings to conserve battery life. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Best GoPro Black Friday Bargains: Online Deals on the Camera Gear You Love," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lamp

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lamp

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

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The first known use of lamp was in the 13th century

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lamp

: a device that produces light


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Kids Definition of lamp

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


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Medical Definition of lamp

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

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