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Definitions for lantern
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light in a transparent protective case
A case of translucent or transparent material made to protect a flame, or light, used to illuminate its surroundings.
Etymology: Middle English (13th century), via Old French lanterne from lanterna, itself a corruption of
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A transparent case for a candle.
Etymology: lanterne, French; laterna, Latin:
God shall be my hope,
My stay, my guide, my lanthorn to my feet. William Shakespeare.
Thou art our admiral; thou bearest the lanthorn in the poop, but ’tis in the nose of thee; thou art the knight of the burning lamp. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.
A candle lasteth longer in a lanthorn than at large. Francis Bacon.
Amongst the excellent acts of that king, one hath the pre-eminence, the erection and institution of a society, which we call Solomon’s house; the noblest foundation that ever was, and the lanthorn of this kingdom. Francis Bacon, Atlantis.
O thievish night,
Why shouldst thou, but for some felonious end,
In thy dark lanthorn thus close up the stars,
That nature hung in heav’n, and fill’d their lamps
With everlasting oil, to give due light
To the misled and lonely traveller. John Milton.
Vice is like a dark lanthorn, which turns its bright side only to him that bears it, but looks black and dismal in another’s hand. Govern. Tong.
Judge what a ridiculous thing it were, that the continued shadow of the earth should be broken by sudden miraculous eruptions of light, to prevent the art of the lantern-maker. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.
There are at Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome, great hospitals, in the walls of which are placed machines in the shape of large lanthorns, with a little door in the side of them. Addis.
Our ideas succeed one another in our minds, not much unlike the images in the inside of a lanthorn, turned round by the heat of a candle. John Locke.
Caprea, where the lanthorn fix’d on high
Shines like a moon through the benighted Sky,
While by its beams the wary sailor steers. Addison.
A lantern is an often portable source of lighting, typically featuring a protective enclosure for the light source – historically usually a candle or a wick in oil, and often a battery-powered light in modern times – to make it easier to carry and hang up, and make it more reliable outdoors or in drafty interiors. Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light-sources outdoors.
something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc. ; -- sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn, perforated tin, glass, oiled paper, or other material, having a lamp or candle within; sometimes fixed, as the glazed inclosure of a street light, or of a lighthouse light
an open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior
a cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns
a smaller and secondary cupola crowning a larger one, for ornament, or to admit light; such as the lantern of the cupola of the Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral
a lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below)
a kind of cage inserted in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packing into two parts and form a chamber between for the reception of steam, etc. ; -- called also lantern brass
a perforated barrel to form a core upon
see Aristotle's lantern
to furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse
Etymology: [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth`r light, torch. See Lamp.]
A lantern is a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas. Lanterns may also be used for signaling, as torches, or as general light sources outdoors. Low light level varieties are used for decoration. The term "lantern" is also used more generically to mean a light source, or the enclosure for a light source. Examples are glass pane enclosed street lights, or the housing for the top lamp and lens section of a lighthouse.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lant′ėrn, n. a case for holding or carrying a light, the light chamber of a lighthouse: an ornamental structure surmounting a dome to give light and to crown the fabric: the upper square cage which illuminates a corridor or gallery—obs. form, Lant′horn, from the use of horn for the sides of lanterns.—v.t. to furnish with a lantern.—n. Lant′ern-fly, any insect of family Fulgoridæ, supposed to emit a strong light in the dark.—adj. Lant′ern-jawed, thin-faced.—n.pl. Lant′ern-jaws, thin long jaws.—Lantern of the dead, a tower having a small lighted chamber at the top, once common in French cemeteries; Lantern wheel, a kind of cog-wheel, in which a circle of bars or spindles between two heads engages with the cogs of a spur-wheel.—Chinese lantern, a collapsible paper lantern, generally decorated with flowers; Dark lantern, a lantern having an opaque slide, capable of being partly or wholly shut at pleasure; Magic lantern, an optical instrument by means of which magnified images of small pictures are thrown upon a wall or screen. [Fr. lanterne—L. lanterna—Gr. lamptēr—lampein, to give light.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Ships of war had formerly three poop-lanterns, and one in the main-top, to designate the admiral's ship; also deck-lanterns, fighting-lanterns, magazine-lanterns, &c. The signal-lanterns are peculiar. The great ship lantern, hanging to the poop, appears on the Trajan Column.
The numerical value of lantern in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of lantern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of lantern in a Sentence
For cooking always choose a “pie pumpkin” or “sugar pumpkin.” They have much better flavor than those giant pumpkins you turn into a jack-o-lantern.
Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
It's kind of like a jack-o-lantern, you see bright infrared light coming from cloud-free areas, but where there are clouds, it's really dark in the infrared.
We were not able to win the real World Cup, so we just got it as a shisha (hookah), Ramadan lantern and whichever way we can.
You are a soul out walking, carrying a lantern to light the world.
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- لنتر, فانوسPersian
- 灯篭, 提灯, 灯籠, ランタンJapanese
- lampas, lanternaLatin
- tanglung, lenteraMalay
- lanternă, felinarRomanian
- fènjer, фѐњерSerbo-Croatian
- đèn lồngVietnamese
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