Lamp

Definition of Lamp

Pronunciation: lămp
n.1.A thin plate or lamina.
1.A light-producing vessel, device, instrument or apparatus;
2.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.
- Ps. cxix. 105.
Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appeared.
- Cowper.
3.(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.
4.A device that emits radiant energy in the form of heat, infrared, or ultraviolet rays; as, a heat lamp.
Æolipile lamp
a hollow ball of copper containing alcohol which is converted into vapor by a lamp beneath, so as to make a powerful blowpipe flame when the vapor is ignited.
Arc lamp
(Elec.) a form of lamp in which the voltaic arc is used as the source of light.
- Weale.
Dëbereiner's lamp
an apparatus for the instantaneous production of a flame by the spontaneous ignition of a jet of hydrogen on being led over platinum sponge; - named after the German chemist Döbereiner, who invented it. Called also philosopher's lamp.
Flameless lamp
an aphlogistic lamp.
Lamp burner
the part of a lamp where the wick is exposed and ignited.
Lamp fount
a reservoir for oil, in a lamp.
- Knight.
Lamp jack
l - See 2d Jack, n., 4 (l) & (n).
Lamp shade
a screen, as of paper, glass, or tin, for softening or obstructing the light of a lamp.
Lamp shell
(Zool.) any brachiopod shell of the genus Terebratula and allied genera. The name refers to the shape, which is like that of an antique lamp. See Terebratula.
Safety lamp
a miner's lamp in which the flame is surrounded by fine wire gauze, preventing the kindling of dangerous explosive gases; - called also, from Sir Humphry Davy the inventor, Davy lamp.
To smell of the lamp
to bear marks of great study and labor, as a literary composition.

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