• WordNet 3.6
    • n lantern light in a transparent protective case
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Optical System of a Lantern The Optical System of a Lantern
a.--Optical System of Lantern a.--Optical System of Lantern
Hughes' Short-Range Lantern Hughes' Short-Range Lantern
Long-Range Lantern Long-Range Lantern
Connections for a Bi-unial Lantern Connections for a Bi-unial Lantern
Quadruple Lantern Stand Quadruple Lantern Stand
woman with lantern painting woman with lantern painting
Pinkel brings the witch's lantern to the king Pinkel brings the witch's lantern to the king

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From 1836 to 1896, the Red Flag Act in England required that any self-propelled vehicle be preceded by a man carrying a red flag by day and a red lantern by night. In effect, this limited the speed to four miles per hour and retarded the development of all self-propelled vehicles, including the automobile.
    • Lantern (Arch) A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.
    • Lantern (Steam Engine) A kind of cage inserted in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packing into two parts and form a chamber between for the reception of steam, etc.; -- called also lantern brass.
    • Lantern (Mach) A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinionbelow).
    • Lantern (Founding) A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
    • Lantern (Arch) A smaller and secondary cupola crowning a larger one, for ornament, or to admit light; such as the lantern of the cupola of the Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral.
    • Lantern (Arch) An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior.
    • Lantern (Zoöl) See Aristotle's lantern.
    • Lantern Something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc.; -- sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn, perforated tin, glass, oiled paper, or other material, having a lamp or candle within; sometimes fixed, as the glazed inclosure of a street light, or of a lighthouse light.
    • v. t Lantern To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive, so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
    • n lantern A case, generally transparent or translucent, inclosing a light and protecting it from the wind and rain, and either portable or fixed. The earliest form appears to have been a collapsing corrugated tube of some semitransparent fabric inclosing a lamp or candle. This form snrvives in the Chinese paper lanterns. Lanterns have been made of horn, talc, mica, perforated metals, oiled fabrics, paper, and glass.
    • n lantern The glass casing surrounding the lamp of a lighthouse and forming the upper member of the structure.
    • n lantern In architecture, specifically, an upright skylight in the roof of a building. It is distinguished from an ordinary skylight in that it has vertical sides. Of this nature is the open tower often placed, especially in English church architecture, at the junction of the cross in a cruciform plan. Such a lantern has the whole or a considerable part of the interior open to view from below, and receives light from a range of windows extending entirely around it. The name is also applied to a more or less open construction on the top of a tower, or crowning a dome, although not serving to admit light to the interior; also to a louver. See cuts under dome and domical.
    • n lantern In the quadrant electrometer, the part of the case of the instrument which surrounds the mirror and suspension-fibers.
    • n lantern A device for inclosing fabrics in the process of dyeing, to fix the colors by the aid of steam.
    • n lantern A workmen's name for a short perforated core used in making hollow castings.
    • n lantern A kind of cog-wheel. See lantern-wheel.
    • n lantern The whiff, a fish, which is semi-transparent when held up against the light.
    • n lantern The Trigla obscura, a fish of the subfamily Triglinæ. Also called lantern-gurnard.
    • lantern To furnish with a lantern; light as by means of a lantern: as, to lantern a lighthouse.
    • lantern To put to death by hanging to a lamp-post (French lanterne): a frequent incident during the first French revolution.
    • n lantern The misshapen proboscis (formerly supposed to be luminous) of many tropical Fulgoridæ or so-called ‘lantern-flies.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Originally, Jack-O-Lanterns were made from turnips.
    • n Lantern lant′ėrn a case for holding or carrying a light, the light chamber of a lighthouse: an ornamental structure surmounting a dome to give light and to crown the fabric: the upper square cage which illuminates a corridor or gallery—obs. form, Lant′horn, from the use of horn for the sides of lanterns
    • v.t Lantern to furnish with a lantern
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  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “The person of intellect is lost unless they unite with energy of character. When we have the lantern of Diogenese we must also have his staff.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch, therefore bear you the lantern.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth`r light, torch. See Lamp


In literature:

In her struggle to escape him she had flung the lantern.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Suddenly, there appeared on the ceiling a ray of light as if somebody were going through the garden with a lantern.
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai
Once inside, he lit the lantern which he carried, and set it on a projecting ledge of the rough masonry.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
A lantern, glimmering on the ground, shed a sickly light under their eyes.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
Take a lantern with you; it will be dark to-night.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
Then he tremblingly lit a lantern, and roused his companions.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Though it was scarcely dark yet, the Chinese lanterns were lighted, lanterns of every shape and size and colour.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The lantern was smashed, and the two men uttered a howl of terror.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
Your Highness, I'd like a couple of good horses and two good lanterns.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
The only light they had was from a dark lantern, which they flashed upon the solitary prisoner.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair

In poetry:

"To-night will be a stormy night,
You to the Town must go,
And take a lantern, Child, to light
Your Mother thro' the snow."
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
Through miles on weary miles of night
That stretch relentless in my way
My lantern burns serene and white,
An unexhausted cup of day.
"Love's Lantern" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
See, Hope hath her lantern supplied thee,
And Memory hers, from behind.
She is standing, is smiling beside thee
She touches thee, heart. Art thou blind?
"The Afterglow" by Manmohan Ghose
Rain, rain, nought else, until I turned
The thrusting shoulder of the down,
And through the mist of rain there burned
The few green lanterns of the town.
"Lambourn Town" by John Freeman
The skulls of men who, right or wrong,
Still wore the splendour of the strong,
Are shepherds' lanterns now, and shield
Their candles in the lambing field.
"Viroconium" by Mary Webb
Arise, arise; they come. Look how they runne!
Alas! what haste they make to be undone!
How with their lanterns do they seek the sunne!
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert

In news:

Children hold ox-shaped lanterns that bear the mascot of the 2009 Summer Deaflympics during a press conference at Taipei City Hall yesterday.
Sentimentally valued jack-o-lantern will be lonely next Halloween.
How-to carve a pumpkin: Vampire Bat Jack-O'-Lantern.
With Halloween just a few candy corns away, its time to turn our attention to the steadfast jack-o-lantern.
The breaking point came when a little boy throwing rocks shattered a glass lantern outside Laurie Attaway's restaurant, the child's mother standing just five feet away.
Make that two-dimensional: jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
When most Americans think pumpkin, what comes to mind are holiday associations: either a Halloween jack-o-lantern or a Thanksgiving pie.
Dakster Sullivan — Green Lantern: Larfleeze, Christmas Special.
Missouri Botanical Garden's lantern festival brings beauty day and night.
Beat the bite with Terminix ALLCLEAR Mosquito Mister Lantern.
The Terminix AllClear mosquito mister lantern is designed to protect areas up to 300 sq.
The Jeff O'lantern is the sole surviver.
Lubbock Arboretum calling for jack-o-lantern donations (Government blog).
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns.
A Robot To Carve Your Jack-o-Lantern for You.

In science:

In the proof of the main result of this section, we use the celebrated lantern relation, which was discovered by Dehn and redisovered by Johnson.
Generating the surface mapping class group by two elements
With adequate development, similar devices could efficiently reformat the output of so-called “photonic lanterns” fabricated using highly multicore fibers. OCIS Codes: (130.3120) Integrated optics devices; (140.3390) Laser materials processing.
Ultrafast Laser Inscription of a 121-Waveguide Fan-Out for Astrophotonics
To address this issue, the so-called photonic lantern (PL) was developed [9-12] – a remarkable guided wave transition which facilitates the efficient adiabatic coupling of light between a MM fiber (or waveguide) and an array of SM fibers (or waveguides).
Ultrafast Laser Inscription of a 121-Waveguide Fan-Out for Astrophotonics
Unfortunately, however, the SM’s generated by the MCF-lantern are necessarily arranged into a two-dimensional array, which is undesirable for many applications.
Ultrafast Laser Inscription of a 121-Waveguide Fan-Out for Astrophotonics
Gurtas, Lantern relations and rational blowdowns, Proc.
On 4-Manifolds, Folds and Cusps