source of illumination

Definitions of source of illumination
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n any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation

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lamp
an artificial source of visible illumination
light, light source
any device serving as a source of illumination
ultraviolet lamp, ultraviolet source
any source of illumination that emits ultraviolet radiation
Aladdin's lamp
(Arabian Nights) a magical lamp from which Aladdin summoned a genie
anchor light, riding lamp, riding light
a light in the rigging of a ship that is riding at anchor
blinker, flasher
a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages
candle, taper, wax light
stick of wax with a wick in the middle
discharge lamp
a lamp that generates light by a discharge between two electrodes in a gas
electric lamp
a lamp powered by electricity
fairy light
a small colored light used for decoration (especially at Christmas)
flash, flash bulb, flash lamp, flashbulb, flashgun, photoflash
a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
flood, flood lamp, floodlight, photoflood
light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography
fluorescent lamp
lamp consisting of a tube coated on the inside with a fluorescent material; mercury vapor in the tube emits ultraviolet radiation that is converted to visible radiation by the fluorescent material
gas lamp
a lamp that burns illuminating gas
headlamp, headlight
a powerful light with reflector; attached to the front of an automobile or locomotive
houselights
lights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium
hurricane lamp, hurricane lantern, storm lamp, storm lantern, tornado lantern
an oil lamp with a glass chimney and perforated metal lid to protect the flame from high winds; candlestick with a glass chimney
jacklight
a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night
lantern
light in a transparent protective case
calcium light, limelight
a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting
mercury-vapor lamp
ultraviolet lamp that emits a strong bluish light (rich in ultraviolet radiation) as electric current passes through mercury vapor
navigation light
light on an airplane that indicates the plane's position and orientation; red light on the left (port) wing tip and green light on the right (starboard) wing tip
neon induction lamp, neon lamp, neon tube
a lamp consisting of a small gas-discharge tube containing neon at low pressure; luminescence is produced by the action of currents at high frequencies that are wrapped a few turns around the tube
night-light
light (as a candle or small bulb) that burns in a bedroom at night (as for children or invalids)
kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp, oil lamp
a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light
panel light
a light to illuminate an instrument panel
room light
light that provides general illumination for a room
sconce
a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce
searchlight
a light source with reflectors that projects a beam of light in a particular direction
running light, sidelight
light carried by a boat that indicates the boat's direction; vessels at night carry a red light on the port bow and a green light on the starboard bow
sodium-vapor lamp, sodium-vapour lamp
lamp in which an electric current passed through a tube of sodium vapor makes a yellow light; used is street lighting
spirit lamp
a lamp that burns a volatile liquid fuel such as alcohol
spot, spotlight
a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
street lamp, streetlight
a lamp supported on a lamppost; for illuminating a street
strip lighting
light consisting of long tubes (instead of bulbs) that provide the illumination
rear lamp, rear light, tail lamp, taillight
lamp (usually red) mounted at the rear of a motor vehicle
theater light
any of various lights used in a theater
torch
a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
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device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

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