Main definitions of lamp in English

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lamp1

noun

  • 1A device for giving light, either one consisting of an electric bulb together with its holder and shade or cover, or one burning gas or oil and consisting of a wick or mantle and a glass shade.

    ‘a table lamp’
    • ‘I switched on my bedside lamp and looked at the alarm clock.’
    • ‘Ghost switched her lamp off and they both went to sleep.’
    • ‘You should also consider compact fluorescent lamps for areas where lights are on for hours at a time.’
    • ‘The bulb in the shell-shaped lamp on the wall flickered like a strobe light and painted irregular shadows on the walls.’
    • ‘His father turned on a small lamp with a rose-colored shade, which cast a dull light across a wide bed, spread with a plum satin coverlet.’
    • ‘Without heating or electricity, they cook on butane stoves, warm themselves with paraffin heaters and use candles and lamps for lighting.’
    • ‘There is also a variety of gas lights and lamps, which are especially good to have at home during the storm season when blackouts can occur anytime.’
    • ‘The color balance will be natural in the areas lit by daylight but have a warm glow in areas lit by the lamp and candles.’
    • ‘Now they were in a small corridor, dimly lit by burning lamps.’
    • ‘You may want spotlights, mood lighting from lamps or feature lighting for your dining table and sofa.’
    • ‘There were no street lights in those days, merely gas lamps which were lit manually sometimes well after darkness had fallen.’
    • ‘Neon lights decorated official buildings and literally hundreds of oil-lit earthen lamps covered balconies and ramparts, stairs and yards of homes.’
    • ‘A guard came in, lighting the candles and lamps on the table, then the torches on the walls.’
    • ‘Attendants scurried about the room lighting lamps and candles.’
    • ‘As it gets dark, behind the windows partly blocked by sandbags, they light a paraffin lamp.’
    • ‘The living room was just as I remembered it, with a single lamp covered with a stained glass shade illuminating the entire room.’
    • ‘Several years ago I found a store just three miles away that sold only lamps and lamp shades.’
    • ‘There were beads hanging in all the doorways and coloured light bulbs in all the lamps and sockets.’
    • ‘He cooks by heating pans over a coal fire, while dozens of candles and a paraffin lamp provide him with light.’
    • ‘Yawning, I pad over to my desk and switch on the lamp.’
    torch, flashlight
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    1. 1.1 An electrical device producing ultraviolet, infrared, or other radiation, used for therapeutic purposes.
      • ‘We know that therapeutic heat may be applied to the body by various methods, e.g., the heating pad or the infrared lamp, but one of the most efficacious ways is by water.’
      • ‘Heat treatment, using an infra-red lamp is an option.’
      • ‘Simply sitting in front of a lamp in your living room at home won't relieve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.’
      • ‘Those who had used tanning lamps were also 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than those who had not used sun lamps, the research found.’
      • ‘Light therapy, with ultraviolet A or B, is available at specialist hospital clinics or with lamps that can be used at home.’
      • ‘They can be effectively taken out under minor surgery and a new, non - scarring treatment called the Paterson Photo Dynamic Therapy lamp is also available.’
      • ‘Haircolor experts will often use moist heat or infra-red lamps to speed up the bleaching process and minimize the potential bleach damage.’
      • ‘Jade massage heads apply pressure to acupressure points near the spine, while infrared lamps provide topical heating.’
      • ‘Sun lamps produce high levels of Ultraviolet B radiation and the operator should be shielded from the light as much as possible.’
    2. 1.2literary A source of spiritual or intellectual inspiration.
      ‘he set out to rescue the lamp of American literature from the cave of the Philistines’
      • ‘They established universities in Granada and Cordova in Spain and lit the lamp of enlightenment in a Europe immersed in darkness.’
      • ‘The lamp of experience ordinarily guides our footsteps, but this year the lamp is dim.’
      • ‘Whoever despaired of the world, he, at least, kept the lamp of hope burning brightly in his soul.’
      • ‘The poet lights a lamp to the source of all light.’

verb

  • 1with object Supply with lamps; illuminate.

    ‘inspectors can lamp the lines between the manholes for routine maintenance observations’
    • ‘Lampstore.com is the world's easiest way to lamp your home.’
    1. 1.1literary no object Shine.
      ‘an evil fire out of their eyes came lamping’
  • 2often as noun lampingno object Hunt at night using lamps, especially for rabbits.

    ‘my best dog was in his prime and I was lamping every chance I got’
    • ‘He was left brain damaged after being accidentally hit by the pellet from an air rifle fired by a friend while they were out lamping.’
    • ‘She was standing like a lamped rabbit in the middle of the stage and no matter how many times I prodded and poked and pretended to fight, she didn't rise to it.’
    • ‘One blow to the head and they are finished: a kinder end, on the whole, than lamping and one that produces lead-free rabbit stew.’
    • ‘Kent has more dogs stolen for rewards, breeding, coursing and lamping, illegal night hunting with high powered torches, than anywhere else in the country.’
    • ‘Hedgehogs are caught by night lamping and using traps.’
    • ‘If the farmer were to go out lamping (shooting foxes at night with a rifle and very powerful torch), he has no idea which fox is responsible for his missing livestock, so he will shoot every fox he sees. 4-5 a night perhaps.’
    • ‘In my own area foxes are ‘protected’ because the numbers are declining following lamping, the shooting of animals which are blinded by a spotlight.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from late Latin lampada, from Latin lampas, lampad- ‘torch’, from Greek.

Pronunciation

lamp

/lamp/

Main definitions of lamp in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]Northern English
  • Hit or beat (someone)

    ‘he was plastered all over the tabloids for lamping his ex-wife's boyfriend’
    • ‘Out of nowhere Bruce lamps O'Leary with an iron bar and the big Irishman stands there stunned.’
    • ‘Her face looks like somebody lamped her with a shovel.’
    • ‘He looked like he was going to lamp Owen when he had that guitar out.’
    • ‘I've always wondered what it would be like to lamp a Mason.’
    • ‘As far as I was concerned, the whole affair was quite satisfactory: it wasn't me that had been lamped, our bloke got up anyway, and we went on to win easily.’
    • ‘Tyler made a remark about Nunez not understanding the significance of having just lamped an Evertonian, and it seemed to sum up the whole evening.’
    • ‘But if it's the Deputy Prime Minister lamping someone in broad daylight it's all treated like it was a cartoon.’
    • ‘That said, a teensy bit more stress and I would have happily tried to lamp him at his request.’
    • ‘I can go out and enjoy myself without getting lamped.’
    • ‘Incidentely, in an episode of my anger turning outwards I almost lamped a youth in a shop today.’
    • ‘My hat really went off to him when he lamped someone who threw an egg at him.’
    • ‘So I picked up the Sunday Tribune TV guide and lamped him with it.’
    • ‘Normally that guy would have been lamped, but while it is easy to joke, it's not nice for Aberdeen.’
    • ‘Charlotte's apparently lamped her ex for selling her sex secrets.’
    • ‘I've ruled out curiosity value; being lamped by a display window may not be the way I would choose to go, but at least it would have been theatrical.’
    • ‘If anyone straight uses it, with the abusive meaning or the inclusive one, I just want to lamp them.’
    • ‘The man just got out of the car, casually took his coat off, threw it into the car, calmly walked around to the car in front and lamped the driver.’
    • ‘Doncaster played the second half a man down after Ross had lamped Cain, but their opponents could well have romped to victory with or without that advantage.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to lam.

Pronunciation

lamp

/lamp/