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dark lantern

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  1. a lantern having an opening with a shutter that can be slid across the opening to obscure the light.

Origin of dark lantern

First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for dark lantern

Historical Examples

  • He shot the slide of a dark-lantern, and rapidly swept the room with the light.

    The Ape, the Idiot & Other People

    W. C. Morrow

  • So they went, and they took Oswald's dark-lantern in his absence and without his leave.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • She then provided herself with a dark-lantern, and descended to the alley.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • To some minds this new proposal had the charm of a school-boys first dark-lantern.

    New Worlds For Old

    Herbert George Wells

  • Matrena remained in the darkness of the drawing-room, her dark-lantern in her hand.

British Dictionary definitions for dark lantern

dark lantern

  1. a lantern having a sliding shutter or panel to dim or hide the light
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