Meaning of LAMP in English

I. ˈlamp, -aa(ə)-, -ai- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English lampe, lamp, from Old French lampe, from Latin lampas, from Greek, torch, lamp, from lampein to give light, shine; akin to Old Irish lassaim I flame, Old Prussian lopis, Hittite lap- to glow, be hot, Old Norse leiptr lightning


a. : a light-giving device: as

(1) : a device with an oil reservoir and a wick that gives light as it burns

(2) : a glass bulb enclosing a filament that glows because of its resistance to electric current

(3) : any of various other devices that produce artificial light

gas lamp

acetylene lamp

fluorescent lamp

b. : a source of natural light (as the sun, the moon, or a star)

the lamps of heaven

c. : any of various devices for the application of heat: as

(1) : an apparatus for drying foundry molds during their fabrication

(2) : a therapeutic heat lamp

2. : a source of intellectual, moral, or spiritual illumination

thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path — Ps 119:105 (Revised Standard Version)

wanted them to be lamps unto themselves — Emma Hawkridge

3. : eye

my wasting lamps — Shakespeare

turned her hot lamps on me — R.P.Warren

- of the lamp

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. archaic : to furnish with lamps

2. : to light or brighten by or as if by lamps

scattered lights lamping the rush and roll of the abyss — Robert Browning

3. slang : to look at : eye , see

I've lamped two dicks — had their eve on us all day — Elmer Davis

for the love of Patrick Henry, lamp that! — Cosmopolitan

intransitive verb

: to shine as or like a lamp

the Spirit-Seven companioning God's throne they lamp before — Robert Browning

III. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably of imitative origin

chiefly Scotland : to walk quickly taking long strides

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