lantern definition

  • noun:
    • An often portable situation with transparent or translucent edges for holding and protecting a light.
    • A decorative casing for a light, often of report.
    • A light and its particular protective or ornamental situation.
    • the area near the top of a lighthouse in which the light is found.
    • Obsolete A lighthouse.
    • A structure built on top of a roof or dome with open or windowed walls to acknowledge light and air.
    • an incident of translucent or clear product built to protect a flame, or light, always illuminate its surroundings.
    • One thing inclosing a light, and protecting it from wind, rainfall, etc.; -- sometimes portable, as a closed vessel or situation of horn, perforated tin, cup, 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.
    • An open framework of light product set upon a roof, to give light and atmosphere toward interior.
    • A cage or available chamber of rich design, available below in to the building or tower which it crowns.
    • A smaller and secondary cupola crowning a more substantial one, for decoration, or to admit light; for instance the lantern of cupola of this Capitol at Washington, or that of the Florence cathedral.
    • A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below).
    • A kind of cage placed in a stuffing box and surrounding a piston rod, to separate the packaging into two components and form a chamber between for the reception of vapor, etc.; -- called in addition lantern metal.
    • A perforated barrel to make a core upon.
    • See Aristotle's lantern.
    • an incident, generally clear or translucent, inclosing a light and safeguarding it from the wind and rainfall, and both transportable or fixed.
    • The cup casing surrounding the lamp of a lighthouse and forming the upper person in the structure.
    • In design, specifically, an upright skylight when you look at the roof of a building.
    • In the quadrant electrometer, the an element of the situation of tool which encompasses the mirror and suspension-fibers.
    • a tool for inclosing textiles undergoing dyeing, to correct the colors by the help of steam.
    • A workmen's title for a quick perforated core found in making hollow castings.
    • a type of cog-wheel. See lantern-wheel.
    • The whiff, a fish, that will be semi-transparent when organized from the light.
    • The Trigla obscura, a fish for the subfamily Triglinæ. Also known as lantern-gurnard.
    • The misshapen proboscis (previously said to be luminous) of several tropical Fulgoridæ or alleged ‘lantern-flies.’
    • light in a transparent defensive case
  • verb:
    • To furnish with a lantern.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To furnish with a lantern.
  • others:
    • To provide with a lantern; light as through a lantern: because, to lantern a lighthouse.
    • To put to demise by holding to a lamp-post (French lanterne): a frequent event during the first French change.

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