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.
lamps, Slang. the eyes.
Slang. to look at; eye.
Idioms about lamp
smell of the lamp, to give evidence of laborious study or effort: His dissertation smells of the lamp.
- lampless, adjective
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How to use lamp in a sentence
He kept a series of lamps, some with medieval design, on the floor and axes and swords around the room.
Glass fragments from windows, street lamps, car windshields, and theater marquees littered the streets like confetti.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hurricane lamps on the tables flicker in the calm island breeze.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic | Jane & Michael Stern | July 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Linden Avenue is bright and empty in the blue glare of the street lamps.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The white blooms dotted the asphalt and swirled in the breeze under the orange glow of the street lamps.
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.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
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.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for lamp
any of a number of devices that produce illumination: an electric lamp; a gas lamp; an oil lamp
(in combination): lampshade
a device for holding one or more electric light bulbs: a 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 purposes: an ultraviolet lamp
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