Definition of Argand lamp in English:

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Argand lamp


An oil or gas lamp equipped with a tubular wick that allowed air to pass both inner and outer surfaces of the flame, securing more perfect combustion and brighter light.
Example sentences
  • In the 1830s Argand lamps became increasingly complex, and stands for lamps were included in the show in 1831.
  • Lamps with a circular font produced light of the same pleasing quality as the Argand lamp and went far toward eliminating the shadow problem, but they did not resolve the issue entirely.
  • In Paris in 1786 Thomas Jefferson ordered silver plated Argand lamps for Monticello, his house in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in 1790 George Washington ordered them for Mount Vernon, also in Virginia.


Late 18th century: named after A. Argand (1755–1803), French physicist.

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Syllabification: Ar·gand lamp

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