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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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They were rediscovered in 1865, and to this day, the city of Florence sends olive oil to burn in the lamp hanging from the chapel’s vaulted ceiling. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 The clay lamps discovered on Mount Zion are also typical of the period when the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem. Fox News, "Ancient arrowheads from the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem discovered," 13 Aug. 2019 Tens of thousands of monks lived among the butter-burning lamps below. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Worth noting: The leg lamp in the front window is there as a reminder the Christmas Story House, museum and Bumpus House are nestled within a few feet of the bar. Marc Bona,, "Rowley Inn: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 3 Aug. 2019 Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Love your Himalayan salt lamp? Here's why you need a Himalayan salt candle holder," 2 Aug. 2019 The light from the lamp in the corner spilled over her son. Elizabeth Strout, The New Yorker, "Motherless Child," 29 July 2019 Best time: While the bridge shines any time of day, lights framing its upper ledge shimmer in the water as the intricate lamps stationed along the road lend an ethereal glow at dusk and after dark. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 July 2019 The lamps are monitored Monday through Friday, and every morning, trapped mosquitoes are brought back to the lab. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "With a rainy spring, Marion County had few mosquitoes. That's no longer the case.," 22 July 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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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 make a temporary encampment

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