- an electric light.
Origin of light bulb
First recorded in 1880–85
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- a glass bulb containing a gas, such as argon or nitrogen, at low pressure and enclosing a thin metal filament that emits light when an electric current is passed through itSometimes shortened to: bulb
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Word Origin and History for light bulb
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