verb (used with object)
Origin of lamp
Examples from the Web for lamp
Another Dem who has been just a heart-beat (or a lamp bash) away from being president.
“When Tibor died we did a retrospective of MCo., and the lamp was the last thing you saw,” she says.
That he ends up not lighting a lamp but tangled in the cobwebs is one of the truths of this valuable book.
So she picks up this lamp and throws it at me across the room.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I put the lamp down (much to the anxiety of the hovering salesman).
Soon after passing beneath the lamp mademoiselle vanished into a doorway.The Albert Gate Mystery|Louis Tracy
And he had a lamp before him, and in his hand a tablet of pine wood, whereon he wrote.
Foulon is carried off; dragged across the square, and hung to the lamp post.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
To enable his friend to read, Tarrant had already lit a lamp.In the Year of Jubilee|George Gissing
He replaced the lamp with a hand that was steady enough now, and went slowly across the picture-gallery.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for lamp
- any of a number of devices that produce illuminationan electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp
- (in combination)lampshade
Word Origin for lamp
Word Origin and History for lamp
c.1200, from Old French lampe "lamp, lights" (12c.), from Latin lampas "a light, torch, flambeau," from Greek lampas "torch, lamp, beacon, meteor, light," from lampein "to shine," from nasalized form of PIE root *lap- "to shine" (cf. Lithuanian lope "light," Old Irish lassar "flame"). Replaced Old English leohtfæt "light vessel." To smell of the lamp "be a product of laborious night study" is from 1570s.