Definition of lava lamp in US English:

lava lamp


  • A transparent electric lamp containing a viscous liquid in which a brightly colored waxy substance is suspended, rising and falling in irregular and constantly changing shapes.

    • ‘The shady lava lamp in the corner of the room supplied a dismal crimson light, the bubbly pink shimmers on the wall fell onto his flaccid, ageless, sweaty body.’
    • ‘Her mouth dropped open when she saw her lava lamp broken on the floor and a mirror had been smashed that was near the window.’
    • ‘I buy myself a lava lamp, listen to some Led Zeppelin and play a game of Pong.’
    • ‘The only lighting in the room was from our lava lamp, which cast eerie green and blue shadows that made the icy look on my best friend's face appear even more foreboding.’
    • ‘I know it's a proper album, because my favourite songs keep shifting and changing and rising and falling, like wax in a lava lamp.’
    • ‘Max, that map behind you looks like a lava lamp, for Pete's sake.’
    • ‘I also own a lava lamp, or at least a vial of orange goo left behind by my landlord who has an unnervingly 70s view of home design.’
    • ‘Her persistence led to a conviction and the recovery of a lava lamp and money box among the stolen goods.’
    • ‘It revealed that my computer outputs sound based on an iteration involving fifteen random infinite sets derived from a distributed lava lamp.’
    • ‘I find the waves banging over the prom have a similar effect on me as a lava lamp.’
    • ‘She tried her hand at making a lava lamp as her arts and crafts project which proved very successful.’
    • ‘Only a lava lamp illuminated my cramped, dark apartment, its red-tinted light bouncing off the red of the walls.’
    • ‘There's a place in the US wants to attract interest from investors by having a giant lava lamp in the middle of the town.’
    • ‘My favorite part of the room was the corner table where a lava lamp bubbled a soothing purple liquid.’
    • ‘So the beanbag's ready, the lava lamp's warming up and the joss-sticks are lit, when gradually the realisation dawns that something's not quite right.’
    • ‘It's composed of several screens with fluid colour rays changing in the way a lava lamp does.’
    • ‘They say necessity is the mother of invention, but if that old adage was true, why do we have the harmonica or the lava lamp?’
    • ‘After another couple of seconds, the feeling of being enclosed in a small space eased up and I noticed my lava lamp on my shelf, forming their comforting shapes.’
    • ‘It was a real treat because Jo wore cat's eye glasses and had a lava lamp in the waiting area.’
    • ‘Ariana squinted as she tried to make out the figure in the pale red light of the lava lamp.’


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