- 1A device for giving light, either one consisting of an electric bulb together with its holder and shade or cover, or one burning gas or a liquid fuel and consisting of a wick or mantle and a glass shade: a table lampMore example sentences
light, lantern; floor lamp, table lamp, bedside lamp, banker's lamp, gooseneck lamp; chandelier, gasolier; candelabra• trademark Tiffany lampfloodlight, spotlight, strobe light, arc lamp; fluorescent lamp, track lights; lava lamp; sunlamp; flashlight; streetlight, streetlamp; Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern; storm lantern, hurricane lamp, oil lamp, kerosene lamp• trademark Coleman lamp
- He cooks by heating pans over a coal fire, while dozens of candles and a paraffin lamp provide him with light.
- Now they were in a small corridor, dimly lit by burning lamps.
- As it gets dark, behind the windows partly blocked by sandbags, they light a paraffin lamp.
- 1.1An electrical device producing ultraviolet, infrared, or other radiation, used for therapeutic purposes.More example sentences
- Heat treatment, using an infra-red lamp is an option.
- Light therapy, with ultraviolet A or B, is available at specialist hospital clinics or with lamps that can be used at home.
- Haircolor experts will often use moist heat or infra-red lamps to speed up the bleaching process and minimize the potential bleach damage.
- 1.2 • literary A source of spiritual or intellectual inspiration.More example sentences
- The poet lights a lamp to the source of all light.
- Whoever despaired of the world, he, at least, kept the lamp of hope burning brightly in his soul.
- The lamp of experience ordinarily guides our footsteps, but this year the lamp is dim.
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- A second schoolboy lay fighting for his life last night after apparently being shot by ‘lampers’.
- Detectives investigating the shooting of a Yorkshire schoolboy aged 12 in an area popular with night-time hunters known as ‘lampers’ have arrested and bailed four men.
- Police are working on the theory the boy was accidentally shot by ‘lampers’ - night-time hunters who pursue animals with guns and bright lights.
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- After the meal, the boys slug back a last tin of water and scatter into the warm, lampless dark.
- Later, I found myself, down at 30m in the gloom, navigating by means of a small back-up torch, and dragging around a very frightened, lampless buddy, who would not ease his tight grip on my arm.
- Lampless, they climbed a ladder into the dusty hay-rick, and nestled in a corner under the eaves.
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin lampada, from Latin lampas, lampad- 'torch', from Greek.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb[with object] chiefly Northern English
early 19th century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to lam1.