• WordNet 3.6
    • n lamp an artificial source of visible illumination
    • n lamp a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "limelight" that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers
    • Lamp (Elec) A device or mechanism for producing light by electricity, usually having a glass bulb or tube containing the light-emitting element. Most lamps belong to one of two categories, the Incandescent lamp See under Incandescent) or the fluorescent lamp. However, see also arc lamp , below.
    • Lamp A device that emits radiant energy in the form of heat, infrared, or ultraviolet rays; as, a heat lamp.
    • Lamp A light-producing vessel, device, instrument or apparatus;
    • n Lamp lămp A thin plate or lamina.
    • Lamp Figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.""Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appeared."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • n lamp A vessel, generally portable, for containing an inflammable liquid and a wick so arranged that it lifts the liquid by capillary attraction and when ignited at the end serves as a means of illumination; in recent use also, by extension, a device employed for the same purpose in which the source of illumination is ignited gas or electricity. Lamps are distinguished by the liquids used in them, as alcohol-lamp, oil-lamp, etc., and by their mode of construction or their use, as Argand lamp, astral lamp, etc.
    • n lamp Figuratively, something suggesting the light of a lamp, whether in appearance or use; anything possessing or communicating light, real or metaphorical.
    • n lamp plural Same as gig-lamps. See gig-lamp, 3.
    • n lamp (See also carcel-lamp, glow-lamp, jack-lamp, safety-lamp.)
    • lamp To furnish light to; light.
    • lamp To shine.
    • lamp To go or run quickly; scamper.
    • n lamp A thin plate.
    • n lamp In telephony, an auxiliary signaling-lamp placed in front of the switchboard and serving to indicate to the chief operator delay in responding to any one of a group of call-signals.
    • n lamp A lamp having a spiral of platinum placed above the wick. The vapor from the alcohol (ethyl or methyl) drawn up by the wick unites with the air through the agency of the platinum, which is thus made to glow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dickens grew up in extreme poverty. At the age of 10, his father was sent to debtor's prison, his mother forced into menial labor, this brothers and sisters worked in factories, and Dickens himself had to tie and label sacks of lamp black. He would later draw on these experiences in his novels.
    • n Lamp lamp a vessel for burning oil with a wick, and so giving light: a light of any kind
    • v.i Lamp (Spens.) to shine
    • v.i Lamp lamp (Scot.) to run wild, to scamper: to go jauntily.
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  • Mother Teresa
    “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
  • Bible
    “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. [Psalm 119:105]”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lampe, L. lampas, -adis, fr. Gr. , , torch, fr. to give light, to shine. Cf. Lampad Lantern


In literature:

The lamp-light struggled out through the fog, and Hallward looked at his watch.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
It was yet day when the lamps were lit.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The chart frame is also detachable from its place, as it is sometimes necessary to hold it near a lamp at night so as to read the soundings.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
I hit at last upon this lamp.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
It seems also to have been a receptacle for lamps, several of which were found there.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Then it seemed to Nycteris that the white lamp was watching over her.
"Harper's Young People, December 9, 1879" by Various
He ate his supper by the light of a cell lamp.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
He knew that the foreman was in the habit of keeping his lamp burning, even after retiring.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Extra lamps had been lighted in the resort where a big crowd had gathered.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
Electric lamps have none of these disadvantages.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte

In poetry:

'Twas brighter far than noonday's beam;
It shone from God within,
And lit, as by a lamp from heaven,
The world's dark track of sin.
"The Light from Within" by Jones Very
Gentle Spirit! can I find thee,
When the lamp of life shall cease;
To my anxious bosom bind thee
Where thou long possess'd a place.
"To The Memory Of The Dear Girl, Once Called Sarah Cock, Who Died Jan. 23, 1796" by William Hutton
Cloth'd with the sun, thy robes of light
The morning rays outshine:
The lamps of heav'n are not so bright,
Thy Husband decks thee fine.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Loe Rome, our Lampes are filde with Oyle,
our Harpes be tunde with skill:
Our Trumpets sound eternall prayse,
to him that heares vs well.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
Ye living lamps, by whose dear light
The nightingale does sit so late,
And studying all the summer night,
Her matchless songs does meditate;
"The Mower To The Glow-Worms" by Andrew Marvell
``While you with sacred sandals wend
To trim the lamp, to deck the shrine,
Let me my country's altar tend,
Nor deem such worship less divine.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Navy-colored head with sky blue and white stripes and blue lamp base.
White head with baseball stitch pattern and blue lamp base.
This beautiful glass lamp shade became mine.
Who Walks Into A Lamp Post.
BATESVILLE — Fran and Bev Lamping , Hamburg, are happy to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda Lamping , to Andy Kruthaupt, son of Jim and Polly Kruthaupt, Batesville.
Duffner & Kimberly Leaded Glass Table Lamp PBS.
She holds a lamp covered with her seamstresses' crochet work.
Projectiondesign's FR12 Remote Light Source series of DLP projectors separate the light source , including lamp and colorwheels, from the projector itself so it can be mounted up to 100 feet away.
Osram Lok -It.® Lamp And Socket System.
THOUSANDS of people are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibition of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany , which is filled with the artist's striking leaded glass, lamps, vases and other decorative pieces.
Polycrystalline, pure paraboloid ,micro prism,Non-glare LED lamp.
"That's a big lava lamp, congratulations.".
One fifth of the world's population cannot see the Milky Way because street lamps and building lights are too bright.
Thirty-six decorative lamps blazed Wednesday night along the twin bridges connecting Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood with University Circle.
If you really need to get your smoke on, Smoking Lamp is the obvious choice.

In science:

Along with the stellar observations, bias frames and He-Ar lamp spectra were obtainted to carry out background subtraction and wavelength calibration.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
The wavelength calibration was secured with exposures of HeAr lamps.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
The wavelength calibration was secured with exposures of XeNe lamps.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
The wavelength calibration was secured with exposures of CdHe lamps.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
The lamps wavelength calibration was checked against known sky lines.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters