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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 According to Thomas, something as small as a metallic lamp can help elevate a space with texture. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 In the comics, some Djinns exist in usually human form, while others are trapped in inanimate objects (like how Western media usually shows a genie trapped in a lamp). Milan Polk, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 Webber also managed to squeeze in a piano and lava lamp in the corner of his apartment. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 And the forest of Höljes -- known to IKEA fans as a lamp -- is in fact one of the least populated areas of Sweden. Julia Buckley, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 The international contest, now in its third year, awarded the title to photographer Pål Hermansen for a remarkable image of insects discovered in a defective lamp on the side of his house in Norway (below). Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 With your new car's LED headlights, swapping in a replacement lamp may require removing half the front end. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2021 For example, in March, the city replaced an old-fashioned-style gas lamp in Bay Village with an LED version, the first step to eliminating thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases emitted by gas street lamps every year. Emma Platoff,, 17 Aug. 2022 Many of the parables are about corruption, and the djinn’s lamp certainly lends its owner a dangerous level of power. David Sims, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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