Meaning of LAMP in English

n. & v.


1. a device for producing a steady light, esp.: a an electric bulb, and usu. its holder and shade or cover (bedside lamp; bicycle lamp). b an oil-lamp. c a usu. glass holder for a candle. d a gas-jet and mantle.

2 a source of spiritual or intellectual inspiration.

3 poet. the sun, the moon, or a star.

4 a device producing esp. ultraviolet or infrared radiation as a treatment for various complaints.


1. intr. poet. shine.

2 tr. supply with lamps; illuminate.

3 tr. US sl. look at.

Phrases and idioms:

lamp-chimney a glass cylinder enclosing and making a draught for an oil-lamp flame. lamp-holder a device for supporting a lamp, esp. an electric one. lamp standard LAMPPOST.


lampless adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF lampe f. LL lampada f. accus. of L lampas torch f. Gk

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.