[ lamp ]
/ læmp /


verb (used with object)

Slang. to look at; eye.


    smell of the lamp, to give evidence of laborious study or effort: His dissertation smells of the lamp.

Origin of lamp

1150–1200; Middle English lampe < Old French < Late Latin lampada, for Latin lampas (stem lampad-) < Greek lampás lamp; akin to lámpē torch, lamp, lámpein to shine

Related forms

lamp·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lamp


/ (læmp) /


  1. any of a number of devices that produce illuminationan electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp
  2. (in combination)lampshade
a device for holding one or more electric light bulbsa table lamp
a vessel in which a liquid fuel is burned to supply illumination
any of a variety of devices that produce radiation, esp for therapeutic purposesan ultraviolet lamp

Word Origin for lamp

C13 lampe, via Old French from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine
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Medicine definitions for lamp


[ lămp ]


A device that generates light, heat, or therapeutic radiation.
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