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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 To add to the theme of a historic town during Christmastime, historic lamp posts will be dressed in greens and vintage Model Ts will line the streets, according to the neighborhood's website. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "How Henry Ford helped create historic Dearborn neighborhood that's still popular today," 27 Nov. 2019 A year before, in 1997, winds pushed the Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamp post on Central Park West, injuring four people below including a woman who spent three weeks in a coma. Dave Quinn,, "Strong Winds May Cause Thanksgiving Parade Balloons to Be Grounded for First Time in 48 Years," 25 Nov. 2019 In Ocean City, the company worked with town officials to install dozens of small cell facilities on lamp posts, and some include high-definition surveillance cameras that public safety agencies can use. Pamela Wood,, "5G wireless is coming — and the battle has already begun over where to allow the antennas in Maryland," 7 Nov. 2019 Preventing a car break-in can be as simple as parking near a lamp post in busy areas. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Car break-ins jump 14 percent in San Jose: Roadshow," 10 Sep. 2019 Pierce Brosnan, who spent most of the evening at a private table in the outdoor space under heat lamps, joined the festivities to mingle with Will Ferrell and Keegan-Michael Key, as his honoree sons did interviews and partied with their friends. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, "Greta Gerwig, Olivia Wilde and More A-Listers Celebrate at The Hollywood Reporter and HFPA's Golden Globes Ambassador Event," 15 Nov. 2019 Keogh was in the backseat of Lawrence's car, with the latter soon losing control and colliding with a lamp post in a crash that caused heavy damage to the vehicle, as well as his skipper's knee., "Tom Lawrence & Mason Bennett Facing Sack From Derby After Drink Driving Arrest," 28 Sep. 2019 His first moment under the heat lamp ended in a familiar fashion for this team recently. Lined up for a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter, Reichard had the leg but clipped the upright. Michael Casagrande |, al, " instant analysis: Alabama trips early, overwhelms Duke later," 31 Aug. 2019 Some people climbed up on street lamp posts or were on people's shoulders to get a better view of the parade. CBS News, "Massive parades celebrate 5 decades of LGBTQ pride," 30 June 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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The first known use of lamp was in the 13th century

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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Lamp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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