a lamp that emits light due to the glowing of a heated material, especially the common device in which a tungsten filament enclosed within an evacuated glass bulb is rendered luminous by the passage of an electric current through it.
Compare fluorescent lamp.
Origin of incandescent lamp
First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for incandescent lamp
a source of light that contains a heated solid, such as an electrically heated filament
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Science definitions for incandescent lamp
[ ĭn′kən-dĕs′ənt ]
A lamp that produces light by heating up a filament of wire inside a bulb with an electric current, causing incandescence. The glass bulb containing the filament is filled with a nonreactive gas, such as argon, to prevent the wire from burning. Compare fluorescent lamp.
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