arc light


Also arc lamp. a lamp in which the light source is a high-intensity electric arc either between carbon rods in air or between metal electrodes in a xenon gas atmosphere enclosed in a quartz bulb.
the light produced by such a lamp.

Nearby words

  1. arc csc,
  2. arc de triomphe,
  3. arc de triomphe de l'étoile,
  4. arc furnace,
  5. arc lamp,
  6. arc of lowitz,
  7. arc sec,
  8. arc secant,
  9. arc second,
  10. arc sine

Origin of arc light

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for arc lamp

arc light


a light source in which an arc between two electrodes, usually carbon, produces intense white illuminationAlso called: arc lamp
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Science definitions for arc lamp

arc lamp

An electric light in which a current produces light when an arc traverses the gap between two incandescent electrodes in a container filled with a gas, such as xenon. The two electrodes are usually made of carbon and are eventually vaporized by the heat they generate. Arc lamps are used to produce intense light (as in spotlights) and to produce heat for welding.
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