\ˈlamp \

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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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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