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battle lantern

  1. a portable, battery-operated light for emergency use aboard a warship.
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Origin of battle lantern

First recorded in 1820–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for battle lantern

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Lawrence Perry

  • Far above any flickering light or battle-lantern of party is the everlasting sun of Truth, in whose beams are the duties of men.