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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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Synonyms for lamp


beacon, illuminant, light

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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.

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Fill in with wall sconces, floor lamps or table lamps. Lisa Marie Hart, USA TODAY, "Take a fresh approach to updating your entire house," 25 Mar. 2018 Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright, and a halo may appear around lights. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Eye-witness report: What you should know about cataracts," 15 Mar. 2018 Their twin gold lamps, wall art, and faux-fur accessories all came together in the end. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "University of Mississippi Freshmen Dorm Decor," 28 Aug. 2018 Just imagine it for a moment: the sound of the crackling fire, the sight of snow flurries waltzing behind the window, the taste of warm eggnog, and the coziness of your family sitting beside your twinkling leg lamp. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "You Can Now Stay Overnight in the 'Christmas Story' House," 14 Aug. 2018 Each restaurant receives a continuous supply of fresh tenderloins, and then the meat is only cooked to order, never in advance (no heat lamps here). Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain serves one specialty," 30 May 2018 Meinert said the fire may have been caused by a heat lamp in the garage. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "7 unconscious Labradors, 2 of them pregnant, revived after Indiana house fire," 9 May 2018 The fire may been ignited by a heat lamp attached to an old lizard tank. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Family Getting Support After Losing Home In Fire," 1 May 2018 Nothing fuels a spy drama like sitting underneath a heat lamp. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Red Sparrow Sells a Lie That You Can Go Platinum in Under 90 Minutes," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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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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