Definition of lamp in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Without heating or electricity, they cook on butane stoves, warm themselves with paraffin heaters and use candles and lamps for lighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I switched on my bedside lamp and looked at the alarm clock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neon lights decorated official buildings and literally hundreds of oil-lit earthen lamps covered balconies and ramparts, stairs and yards of homes.’
    • ‘Yawning, I pad over to my desk and switch on the lamp.’
    • ‘He cooks by heating pans over a coal fire, while dozens of candles and a paraffin lamp provide him with light.’
    • ‘A guard came in, lighting the candles and lamps on the table, then the torches on the walls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The living room was just as I remembered it, with a single lamp covered with a stained glass shade illuminating the entire room.’
    • ‘The bulb in the shell-shaped lamp on the wall flickered like a strobe light and painted irregular shadows on the walls.’
    • ‘Several years ago I found a store just three miles away that sold only lamps and lamp shades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were no street lights in those days, merely gas lamps which were lit manually sometimes well after darkness had fallen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were beads hanging in all the doorways and coloured light bulbs in all the lamps and sockets.’
    lamp, torch, flashlight
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    1. 1.1An electrical device producing ultraviolet, infrared, or other radiation, used for therapeutic purposes.
      • ‘Heat treatment, using an infra-red lamp is an option.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Haircolor experts will often use moist heat or infra-red lamps to speed up the bleaching process and minimize the potential bleach damage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2literary A source of spiritual or intellectual inspiration.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The poet lights a lamp to the source of all light.’
      • ‘Whoever despaired of the world, he, at least, kept the lamp of hope burning brightly in his soul.’


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