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  1. any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas.: Compare fluorescent lamp, incandescent lamp.

  2. a container for an inflammable liquid, as oil, which is burned at a wick as a means of illumination.

  1. a source of intellectual or spiritual light: the lamp of learning.

  2. any of various devices furnishing heat, ultraviolet, or other radiation: an infrared lamp.

  3. a celestial body that gives off light, as the moon or a star.

  4. a torch.

  5. lamps, Slang. the eyes.

verb (used with object)
  1. Slang. to look at; eye.

Idioms about lamp

  1. 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

Other words from lamp

  • lampless, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lamp in a sentence

  • Liszt was seated at another grand facing me, and the room was dimly illuminated by one or two lamps.

  • Above, great standard electric lamps shed their white glare upon the eddying throng casting a myriad of grotesque shadows.

  • He is the happy possessor of five minute lamps and candlesticks, no two of which are the same height.

  • The lamps are two in number, and are about as big as the smallest sized fluid lamp that we used in old times to go to bed by.

  • In the evening the little theatre is illuminated regardless of expense, a fabulous sum being expended on extra lamps.

British Dictionary definitions for lamp


/ (læmp) /

    • any of a number of devices that produce illumination: an electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp

    • (in combination): lampshade

  1. a device for holding one or more electric light bulbs: a table lamp

  1. a vessel in which a liquid fuel is burned to supply illumination

  2. any of a variety of devices that produce radiation, esp for therapeutic purposes: an ultraviolet lamp

Origin of lamp

C13 lampe, via Old French from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein to shine

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