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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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Aladdin will battle the Grand Vizier, Jafar, to get control of the magical lamp containing the Genie. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Shaft,’ ‘Men in Black International,’ ‘Dead Don’t Die’ open Friday," 13 June 2019 At this point, the evil magician reappears, regains control of the lamp and transports the castle and the new Mrs. Aladdin to North Africa. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "How ‘Aladdin’ came to be: Thank (or blame) an 18th-century French scholar," 12 June 2019 His heavy square eyeglasses, pushed back on his forehead, doubled the lamp’s glowing filament in miniature, like two magnifying glasses collapsing the sun to start pinpoints of fire. Jill Ciment, Harper's magazine, "Then Again," 10 June 2019 Mazzarini, who hung two of the lamps high above the Connecticut family's lounge-y living room, where the ceilings are a cool 16 feet high, selected them partially for their generous size. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "This Woven Pendant Lamp Is All the Rage with Interior Designers," 22 May 2019 Today the lamp rests on my windowsill, just visible from my bed. Alexis Cheung, Curbed, "Love, loss, and my Noguchi lamp," 22 June 2018 Throughout the home, authorities also found various prescription opioids, 11 grams of marijuana, 13 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, more than a kilogram of marijuana edibles, marijuana grow lamps and other equipment. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Overseas Ecstasy Shipment Leads Detectives To Cache Of Guns, Drugs In Simsbury Home," 10 May 2018 Its former bottling room has been given over to Sartre, with high ceilings and industrial steel columns softened by pendant lamps and potted plants. Elaine Glusac,, "Don't underestimate dining scene in Cincinnati's dynamic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood," 8 May 2018 The Hue Signe table lamp light is priced at 169.99 euros, and the floor lamp at 269 euros. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Philips’ latest Hue lights project color onto the walls around your TV," 20 Aug. 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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showing courage and determination

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