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Meaning of lamp

lamp

Pronunciation: (lamp), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various devices furnishing artificial light, as by electricity or gas. Cf. fluorescent lamp, incandescent lamp.
  2. a container for an inflammable liquid, as oil, which is burned at a wick as a means of illumination.
  3. a source of intellectual or spiritual light: the lamp of learning.
  4. any of various devices furnishing heat, ultraviolet, or other radiation: an infrared lamp.
  5. a celestial body that gives off light, as the moon or a star.
  6. a torch.
  7. the eyes.
  8. to give evidence of laborious study or effort: His dissertation smells of the lamp.
—v.t.
  1. to look at; eye.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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