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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 So that’s what that lamp in the opening represents. Ruth Kinane,, "Here's how the cast of Friends ended up in the fountain in the opening credits," 16 Sep. 2019 On a street lamp downtown, a module below the light houses the cameras, antennas and other instruments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego is fifth-most surveilled city in America, study says," 15 Sep. 2019 The styles include regular lamp bulbs, spotlight bulbs for recessed ceiling canister lights, bathroom vanity globes and candle-style bulbs. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury TALK environmental committee to host sustainable living fest Saturday," 12 Sep. 2019 Workers on Monday tended to signposts and lamps that had blown over, and employees at the Higashi Chiba train station inspected the roof, which was twisted and torn apart. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Typhoon leaves 100 flights canceled and 1 million without power in Japan," 9 Sep. 2019 No space is left undecorated: the Grand Staircase seemingly stolen from a storybook, the Salon de la Lune’s and Salon du Soleil’s lamps reflected in facing mirrors to infinity. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Behind the Curtain at the Paris Opera," 6 Sep. 2019 Ikea’s smart home ambitions first became visible in 2015 with the introduction of tables and lamps that could wirelessly charge Qi-compatible phones. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Ikea goes all in on smart home tech," 17 Aug. 2019 Get a cute desk lamp to keep things bright and cheerful, put up a vacation pic or two to remind you of happy times, or add a new plant. Judy Koutsky, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ease Back into a Healthy, Post-Summer Routine," 12 Sep. 2019 The buttons are easy to push, even underwater, and the red light is a nice bonus on a lamp that costs so little. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Headlamps of 2019," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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11 Oct 2019

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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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