Definitions

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

  • n. A device that generates light, heat, or therapeutic radiation.
  • n. A vessel containing oil or alcohol burned through a wick for illumination.
  • n. A celestial body that gives off or reflects light.
  • n. Something that illumines the mind or soul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device that generates heat, light or other radiation
  • n. A device containing oil, burnt through a wick for illumination
  • n. A piece of furniture holding one or more electric light sockets.
  • v. to hit, clout, belt, wallop
  • v. to hunt at night using a lamp; see lamping
  • v. to hang out or chill; to do nothing in particular

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin plate or lamina.
  • n. A light-producing vessel, device, instrument or apparatus
  • n. Figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp.
  • n. A device or mechanism for producing light by electricity, usually having a glass bulb or tube containing the light-emitting element. Most lamps belong to one of two categories, the Incandescent lamp (See under Incandescent) or the fluorescent lamp. However, see also arc lamp, below.
  • n. A device that emits radiant energy in the form of heat, infrared, or ultraviolet rays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel, generally portable, for containing an inflammable liquid and a wick so arranged that it lifts the liquid by capillary attraction and when ignited at the end serves as a means of illumination; in recent use also, by extension, a device employed for the same purpose in which the source of illumination is ignited gas or electricity.
  • n. Figuratively, something suggesting the light of a lamp, whether in appearance or use; anything possessing or communicating light, real or metaphorical.
  • n. plural Same as gig-lamps. See gig-lamp, 3.
  • n. (See also carcel-lamp, glow-lamp, jack-lamp, safety-lamp.)
  • To furnish light to; light.
  • To shine.
  • To go or run quickly; scamper.
  • n. A thin plate.
  • n. In telephony, an auxiliary signaling-lamp placed in front of the switchboard and serving to indicate to the chief operator delay in responding to any one of a group of call-signals.
  • n. A lamp having a spiral of platinum placed above the wick. The vapor from the alcohol (ethyl or methyl) drawn up by the wick unites with the air through the agency of the platinum, which is thus made to glow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs
  • n. an artificial source of visible illumination

Etymologies

Middle English lampe, from Old French, from Latin lampas, from Greek, from lampein, to shine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • inscription on the interior of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty:
    The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
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    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
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    E.g. Colin had being doing my head in all evening, and when he made me drop my kebab I saw red and lamped him.

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