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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 This lamp was a gift to my mom from her sister, who happened to work at Sterling Lindner in downtown Cleveland. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 22 July 2021 In the middle of Hamad International is a giant sculpture of a teddy bear holding a lamp, the work of Swiss artist Urs Fischer. Whitney Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2021 Measuring 20 inches tall, the lamp is available in white and natural concrete finishes. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2021 And a lap blanket or heat lamp is unlikely to make much difference. Sonja Sharp Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2020 Think food trucks, street art, and cool concept shops selling everything from chocolate salami to funky reversible lamp shades. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 From the custom settee made to fit the exact curvature of the stairs and upholstered in a fabulous Pierre Frey fabric to the antique chest and lamp, everything dazzles the eye. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 28 June 2021 The cesspit also contained three dolls made out of bone—toys typical of the period—and an oil lamp. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 Stayt’s favorites include the VAJER drawers designed by Thomas Jelinek and CELLO lamp by Jan Wickelgran. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, 4 June 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Lamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 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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