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magic lantern

a device having an enclosed lamp and a lenslike opening, formerly used for projecting and magnifying images mounted on slides or films.
Origin of magic lantern
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She successively exhausted the magic lantern, the dolly, and the chair.

  • I wonder if he'd like to have me bring my magic lantern over some evening?

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • He also ordered an enlarging camera, a Kodak, and a magic lantern.

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • It hung like a magic lantern above the snow-capped mountain.

    A Ticket to Adventure Roy J. Snell
  • While the magic lantern was showing, I skulked without in the dark.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This time I gave a magic lantern show, and I was the showman.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • But one dinner, and nothing else done, not so much as a magic lantern in the village!

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • Remember what I said, at all events, about the magic lantern.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for magic lantern

magic lantern

an early type of slide projector Sometimes shortened to lantern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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