- any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas.Compare fluorescent lamp, incandescent lamp.
- a container for an inflammable liquid, as oil, which is burned at a wick as a means of illumination.
- a source of intellectual or spiritual light: the lamp of learning.
- any of various devices furnishing heat, ultraviolet, or other radiation: an infrared lamp.
- a celestial body that gives off light, as the moon or a star.
- a torch.
- lamps, Slang. the eyes.
- 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
Examples from the Web for lamping
He could not tell how the day went, as he had no light but the lamping of Lina's eyes.The Princess and Curdie
Every place we go he wanders around for hours lamping the denizens of the burg.Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager
Burt L. Standish
Almost under our feet, shot up the head of an enormous snake, with a lamping wallowing glare in its eyes.Lilith
Then the moon rose; a regular conventional Italian moon, chequering the path like sunshine, lamping the cypresses and campaniles.Ruskin Relics
W. G. Collingwood
- any of a number of devices that produce illuminationan electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp
- (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 and History for lamping
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.
- A device that generates light, heat, or therapeutic radiation.