magic lantern


Definition of magic lantern

: an early form of optical projector of still pictures using a transparent slide

Examples of magic lantern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As technology progressed, the magic lantern, an early projector prototype, emerged that used pictures and paintings. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Follow the magic lantern to the hottest Bedouin bar west of the Sahara Desert to chill, drink and dance. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, 5 Aug. 2019 The Museum of Fine Art’s has created its own phantasmagoria, an early 19th-century entertainment for thrill-seekers featuring hair-raising sounds and moving images cast by magic lanterns., 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of magic lantern

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magic lantern was in 1696

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“Magic lantern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of magic lantern

: a machine that was used in the past to show pictures on a wall or screen


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