- a portable, battery-operated light for emergency use aboard a warship.
Origin of battle lantern
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for battle lantern
The Fireman is to take down the fire-bucket, and place it and the battle-lantern in their appointed places.Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy.
Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Below deck all is dark save perchance a thin, knife-like ray emanating from a battle-lantern.Our Navy in the War
Far above any flickering light or battle-lantern of party is the everlasting sun of Truth, in whose beams are the duties of men.Charles Sumner; his complete works; Volume 2 (of 20)