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 1a —usually used in plural
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 of lamp from the Web
Table and lamp, vintage—Pacific Galleries; pacgal.com.
In the dining room, crystals hang off the curved, gold branches of a round chandelier and sparkle against glass lamp bases standing on a matte gray chest cabinet, a piece of furniture repainted and refurbished.
Fog lamps are intended to provide an adjunct to the low beams.
It was meant to keep the little fella warm, but a heat lamp for a reptile may have caused a Potomac apartment to catch fire, authorities said.
Lit from within, the row of shops feels especially magical, and the old-fashioned street lamps add to the effect.
Some fans think the shadow cast by the lamp in Horne’s office was meant to evoke the iconic Black Lodge symbol.
Amazon currently has a variety of items available from a 46 inch floor lamp (that will set you back $19.79) to a duvet cover for only $25.99.
Barbara Cosgrove showed boy and girl figurine lamps in a resin finished in a matte pink with shades lined in the same color.
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Origin and Etymology of lamp
Middle English, from Anglo-French lampe, from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine; akin to Hittite lap- to burn
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
LAMP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lamp for English Language Learners
: a device that produces light
LAMP Defined for Kids
Definition of lamp for Students
: a device for producing light a kerosene lamp an electric lamp
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