What does lamp mean?

Definitions for lamplæmp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lamp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lamp(noun)

    an artificial source of visible illumination

  2. lamp(noun)

    a piece of furniture holding one or more electric light bulbs


  1. Lamp(n.)

    A device that emits radiant energy in the form of heat, infrared, or ultraviolet rays; as, a heat lamp.

  2. Lamp(n.)

    A light-producing vessel, device, instrument or apparatus; formerly referring especially to a vessel with a wick used for the combustion of oil or other inflammable liquid, for the purpose of producing artificial light; also, a similar device using a gas as the combustible fuel; now referring mainly to an electric lamp. See sense .

  3. Lamp(n.)

    (Elec.) 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.

  4. Origin: [F. lampe, L. lampas, -adis, fr. Gr. , , torch, fr. to give light, to shine. Cf. Lampad, Lantern.]


  1. lamp(Noun)

    A device that generates heat, light or other radiation

  2. lamp(Noun)

    A device containing oil, burnt through a wick for illumination

  3. lamp(Noun)

    A piece of furniture holding one or more electric light sockets.

  4. lamp(Verb)

    to hit, clout, belt, wallop

  5. lamp(Verb)

    to hunt at night using a lamp; see lamping

  6. lamp(Verb)

    to hang out or chill; to do nothing in particular

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lamp(noun)

    a thin plate or lamina

  2. Lamp(noun)

    a light-producing vessel, instrument or apparatus; especially, a vessel with a wick used for the combustion of oil or other inflammable liquid, for the purpose of producing artificial light

  3. Lamp(noun)

    figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp

  4. Lamp(noun)

    a device or mechanism for producing light by electricity. See Incandescent lamp, under Incandescent

  5. Origin: [OE. (with excrescent p), fr. F. lame, L. lamina. See Lamina.]


  1. Lamp

    A lamp is a replaceable component such as an incandescent light bulb, which is designed to produce light from electricity. These components usually have a base of ceramic, metal, glass or plastic, which makes an electrical connection in the socket of a light fixture. This connection may be made with a screw-thread base, two metal pins, two metal caps or a bayonet cap. Re-lamping is the replacement of only the removable lamp in a light fixture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lamp

    lamp, n. a vessel for burning oil with a wick, and so giving light: a light of any kind.—v.i. (Spens.) to shine.—ns. Lamp′ad (rare), a lamp or candlestick, a torch; Lamp′adary, in the Greek Church, one who looks after the lamps and carries a lighted taper before the patriarch; Lampaded′romy, an ancient Greek torch-race in honour of Prometheus, &c.; Lamp′adist, one who ran in a torch-race; Lampad′omancy, the art of divining by the flame of a lamp or torch; Lamp′black, the black substance formed by the smoke of a lamp: the soot or amorphous carbon obtained by burning bodies rich in that element, such as resin, petroleum, and tar, or some of the cheap oily products obtained from it; Lamp′-burn′er, that part of a lamp in which the wick is held; Lamp′-chim′ney, Lamp′-glass, a glass funnel placed round the flame of a lamp; Lamp′-fly (Browning), a firefly.—adj. Lamp′ic, pertaining to, or derived from, a lamp or flame.—ns. Lamp′ion, a kind of small lamp; Lamp′-light, the light shed by a lamp or lamps; Lamp′-light′er, a person employed to light street-lamps: that by which a lamp is lighted, as a spill or torch; Lamp′-post, the pillar supporting a street-lamp; Lamp′-shell, a terebratuloid or related brachiopod having a shell like an antique lamp.—Smell of the lamp, to show signs of great elaboration or study. [Fr. lampe—Gr. lampas, -adoslampein, to shine.]

  2. Lamp

    lamp, v.i. (Scot.) to run wild, to scamper: to go jauntily.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. LAMP

    A light. LAMPONED To be lighted on.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lamp' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4671

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lamp' in Nouns Frequency: #1745


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lamp in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lamp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Doug Ferrari:

    MTV is the lava lamp of the 1980's.

  2. Robert Green Ingersoll:

    Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

  4. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.

  5. Rabindranath Tagore:

    Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

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