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light bulb

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noun
  1. an electric light.
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Origin of light bulb

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for light bulb

light bulb

noun
  1. 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

n.

also lightbulb, 1884, from light (n.) + bulb.

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