Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hanging lamp that can be lowered and raised on its cord.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of drop light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An electric or gas light suspended from the ceiling by a flexible cord or tube, allowing artificial light to be brought down from a chandelier nearer to a table or desk; a pendant; also, an electric light bulb in a small holder, which can be held in the hand or hung from a hook, and attached to a long electric cord, allowing light to be brought close to work in dark areas of a room.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A portable gas-burn-er, generally in the form of a lamp, connected with a chandelier or other gas-fixture by a metallic or flexible tube.
  • n. An electric lamp, analogous to a gas drop-light, for table use.
  • n. A coach-window that can be dropped in grooves in the framework of the coach, so as to be out of sight.

Etymologies

From drop + light. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Instead of putting the Monte up on the lift, Tommy (“Tommy the Temper,” as some of our regulars called him) kicked over a creeper and rolled under the car with a droplight.

    Least Resistance

  • They sat in the library after dinner and read the evening papers together under the droplight; while the younger people went into the drawing-room near by and talked.

    The Awakening

  • The droplight over the music and the flare of the fire leaped out of the darkness like medallions.

    Kenny

  • Then the never-to-be-forgotten coterie of the brightest women of the day under the shaded droplight, in the long winter evenings!

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death

  • Hollister stood in the middle of his room, staring at the door without seeing the door, without seeing the bulky shadow his body cast on the wall in the pale glow of a single droplight.

    The Hidden Places

  • Hinton made an attractive still life under the droplight.

    Kathleen

  • Some of the old Barrett furniture was too large for the place, but what she could use Nancy arranged with exquisite taste: fairly dancing with pleasure over the sitting room, where her chair and Bert's were in place, and the little droplight lighted on the little table.

    Undertow

  • The mother and father sat beneath a hot, gas droplight in the small "library"; Mrs. Madison with an evening newspaper, her husband with "King Solomon's Mines"; and Laura, after crisply declining an urgent request from Hedrick to play, had disappeared upstairs.

    The Flirt

  • Immediately I turned toward Julianna, but she, instead of coming forward in the manner of one ready to say good-night, idly turned the pages of a book on the old table, and then, walking across the room, stood near the chessboard with the pink glow of the droplight upon her face, and looked up at me, saying as plainly as words, "Stay."

    The Blue Wall A Story of Strangeness and Struggle

  • Tim continued alone until the droplight was knocked to the floor at the cost of one green shade.

    Left Guard Gilbert

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