- a miner's lamp in which the flame is protected by wire gauze to prevent the immediate ignition of explosive gases.
Origin of safety lamp
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for safety lamp
It is the presence of this gas that necessitates the safety-lamp.The Wonder Book of Knowledge
He invented a safety-lamp which alone should have entitled him to the gratitude of posterity.
The fact was unquestionable; and the safety-lamp was undiscovered.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)
This safety-lamp of the miner not only shows the presence of gas, but prevents its explosion.Lectures on Popular and Scientific Subjects
John Sutherland Sinclair, Earl of Caithness
But the most picturesque figure was the illustrious inventor of the safety-lamp.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6
John Gibson Lockhart
- an oil-burning miner's lamp in which the flame is surrounded by a metal gauze to prevent it from igniting combustible gasAlso called: Davy lamp
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