Definition of Lantern

1. Noun. Light in a transparent protective case.

Specialized synonyms: Chinese Lantern, Bull's-eye, Dark Lantern, Jack-o'-lantern
Generic synonyms: Lamp



Definition of Lantern

1. n. Something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc.; -- sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn, perforated tin, glass, oiled paper, or other material, having a lamp or candle within; sometimes fixed, as the glazed inclosure of a street light, or of a lighthouse light.

2. v. t. To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.

Definition of Lantern

1. Noun. A case of translucent or transparent material made to protect a flame, or light, used to illuminate its surroundings. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To furnish with a lantern. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lantern

1. a protective case for a light [n -S]

Medical Definition of Lantern

1. 1. Something inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rain, etc.; sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or case of horn, perforated tin, glass, oiled paper, or other material, having a lamp or candle within; sometimes fixed, as the glazed inclosure of a street light, or of a lighthouse light. 2. An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior. A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns. A smaller and secondary cupola crowning a larger one, for ornament, or to admit light; such as the lantern of the cupola of the Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral. 3. A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below). 4. A kind of cage inserted in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packing into two parts and form a chamber between for the reception of steam, etc.; called also lantern brass. 5. A perforated barrel to form a core upon. 6. See Aristotle's lantern. Fig. 1 represents a hand lantern; fig. 2, an arm lantern; fig. 3, a breast lantern; so named from the positions in which they are carried. Dark lantern, a lantern with a single opening, which may be closed so as to conceal the light; called also bull's-eye. Lantern fly, Lantern carrier, any translucent, marine, bivalve shell of the genus Anatina, and allied genera. Magic lantern, an optical instrument consisting of a case inclosing a light, and having suitable lenses in a lateral tube, for throwing upon a screen, in a darkened room or the like, greatly magnified pictures from slides placed in the focus of the outer lens. Origin: F. Lanterne, L. Lanterna, laterna, from Gr. Light, torch. See Lamp. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lantern

lanseh tree
lansehs
lanset
lansfordite
lansoprazole
lansquenet
lansquenets
lant
lantana
lantanas
lantanum
lantanuric
lantanuric acid
lanted
lanterloo
lantern (current term)
lantern-fly
lantern-jawed
lantern beetle
lantern beetles
lantern fish
lantern fly
lantern jaw
lantern jawed
lantern pinion
lantern slide
lantern wheel
lanterned
lanternfish
lanternfishes

Literary usage of Lantern

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"lantern Polariscope. P and the analysing Nicol's prism P, and falls on <he screen. ... 3) is an excellent anil convenient lantern, very suitable for all the ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"lantern-FISH, a general term for the luminous fishes of the depths of the ... lantern SLIDES, Method of Making. lantern slides are so universally used in ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The early lantern had sides of horn, talc, bladder or oiled paper, and the primitive shape remains in the common square stable lantern with straight glass ..."

4. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"A more elaborate form of Bulkhead Light. lantern OF DIOGENES. ... lantern TOWER. A. A tower having the form of a lantern in sense AB A tower for carrying a ..."

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