Main definitions of lamp in US English:

: lamp1lamp2

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 a liquid fuel and consisting of a wick or mantle and a glass shade.

    ‘a table lamp’
    • ‘Yawning, I pad over to my desk and switch on the lamp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several years ago I found a store just three miles away that sold only lamps and lamp shades.’
    • ‘A guard came in, lighting the candles and lamps on the table, then the torches 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.’
    • ‘You may want spotlights, mood lighting from lamps or feature lighting for your dining table and sofa.’
    • ‘The bulb in the shell-shaped lamp on the wall flickered like a strobe light and painted irregular shadows on the walls.’
    • ‘There were no street lights in those days, merely gas lamps which were lit manually sometimes well after darkness had fallen.’
    • ‘Without heating or electricity, they cook on butane stoves, warm themselves with paraffin heaters and use candles and lamps for lighting.’
    • ‘Neon lights decorated official buildings and literally hundreds of oil-lit earthen lamps covered balconies and ramparts, stairs and yards of homes.’
    • ‘Ghost switched her lamp off and they both went to sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I switched on my bedside lamp and looked at the alarm clock.’
    • ‘You should also consider compact fluorescent lamps for areas where lights are on for hours at a time.’
    • ‘Now they were in a small corridor, dimly lit by burning lamps.’
    • ‘Attendants scurried about the room lighting lamps and candles.’
    torch, flashlight
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    1. 1.1 An electrical device producing ultraviolet, infrared, or other radiation, used for therapeutic purposes.
      • ‘Haircolor experts will often use moist heat or infra-red lamps to speed up the bleaching process and minimize the potential bleach damage.’
      • ‘Sun lamps produce high levels of Ultraviolet B radiation and the operator should be shielded from the light as much as possible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heat treatment, using an infra-red lamp is an option.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jade massage heads apply pressure to acupressure points near the spine, while infrared lamps provide topical heating.’
      • ‘Light therapy, with ultraviolet A or B, is available at specialist hospital clinics or with lamps that can be used at home.’
      • ‘Simply sitting in front of a lamp in your living room at home won't relieve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.’
    2. 1.2literary A source of spiritual or intellectual inspiration.
      • ‘Whoever despaired of the world, he, at least, kept the lamp of hope burning brightly in his soul.’
      • ‘They established universities in Granada and Cordova in Spain and lit the lamp of enlightenment in a Europe immersed in darkness.’
      • ‘The poet lights a lamp to the source of all light.’
      • ‘The lamp of experience ordinarily guides our footsteps, but this year the lamp is dim.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

lamp

/læmp//lamp/

Main definitions of lamp in US English:

: lamp1lamp2

lamp2

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.’
    • ‘Incidentely, in an episode of my anger turning outwards I almost lamped a youth in a shop today.’
    • ‘That said, a teensy bit more stress and I would have happily tried to lamp him at his request.’
    • ‘My hat really went off to him when he lamped someone who threw an egg at him.’
    • ‘He looked like he was going to lamp Owen when he had that guitar out.’
    • ‘Charlotte's apparently lamped her ex for selling her sex secrets.’
    • ‘Her face looks like somebody lamped her with a shovel.’
    • ‘I can go out and enjoy myself without getting lamped.’
    • ‘If anyone straight uses it, with the abusive meaning or the inclusive one, I just want to lamp them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Normally that guy would have been lamped, but while it is easy to joke, it's not nice for Aberdeen.’
    • ‘But if it's the Deputy Prime Minister lamping someone in broad daylight it's all treated like it was a cartoon.’
    • ‘I've always wondered what it would be like to lamp a Mason.’
    • ‘So I picked up the Sunday Tribune TV guide and lamped him with it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

lamp

/lamp//læmp/