Definitions of lantern

  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.
  3. A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.
  4. 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.
  5. A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion ( below).
  6. A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
  7. See Aristotle's lantern.
  8. A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See pinion ( below).
  9. 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.
  10. A transparent case for holding or carrying a light; the lightroom of a lighthouse; a small tower on the roof of a building to admit and air.
  11. A case for holding or carrying a light: a drum- shaped erection surmounting a dome to give light and to crown the fabric: the upper square cage which illuminates a corridor or gallery.
  12. To furnish with a lantern.
  13. Transparent case for a light; dome with windows to light a building.
  14. A transparent case, for enclosing a light.
  15. A tower, as on a roof, to give light.
  16. A case for holding, and sometimes carrying a light; a little dome raised over the roof of a building to give light, and to serve as a crowning to the fabric; a square cage which illuminates a corridor or gallery; a kind of pinion on which the teeth of the main wheel acts. A dark lantern, one which may be closed so as entirely to hide the light. Magic lantern, an optical machine by which painted images are represented so much magnified as to appear like the effect of magic. Lantern- fly, a S. American insect, which emits a light in the dark. Chinese lantern, one of thin paper. Feast of lanterns, a Chinese festival, celebrated on the 1st of each month. Lantern- jaws, long thin jaws; a thin visage. Lantern- jawed, having a thin visage.
  17. A perforated case for a candle or lamp; the upper part of a lighthouse; any erection on the top of a building or dome to give light; magic- lantern, an optical instr. by means of which small figures painted with transparent varnish, variously coloured, on slides of glass, are very largely magnified, seen in a darkened room on a wall or white screen.

Usage examples for lantern

  1. Light me a lantern, somebody! – The Confessions of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
  2. Well, 'twas a good lantern, and now 'tis lost. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  3. It was Stephen's lantern, she knew. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  4. The four teamsters played seven- up in the cook camp by the light of a barn lantern, while Thorpe and the cook wrote letters. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  5. Bending over it, the light from his dark lantern shining full on the lock, was the man whom she had accused on the train. – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  6. Still in silence he produced a small lantern and lighted it. – Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
  7. They got a lantern, and let it down by a rope. – Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
  8. The Councillor saw quite distinctly before him a lantern burning, and behind this a large handsome house. – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  9. Good luck to you- an' the Jack- o'- Lantern! – At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern by Myrtle Reed
  10. When she had mounted I took the old pony by the head and led him out, carrying the lantern in my hand. – Jim Davis by John Masefield
  11. Big Jack strode to her and held the lantern up to her face. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  12. Just let me spy a bit with the lantern, and I'll soon tell you everything. – Driven Back to Eden by E. P. Roe
  13. So, night after night, Mesquita could but hope and ask: " Where is the lantern of Magellan now?" – The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines by Hezekiah Butterworth
  14. Then there was the lantern clock. – Christopher and the Clockmakers by Sara Ware Bassett
  15. But she did not sleep long; for a bright light shone full in her face; and, when she opened her eyes, she saw a pale man, with a lantern, standing right before her. – Hyperion by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  16. And he called from the door for a lantern and his cloak. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. Jimmie relighted the lantern. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  18. In an instant all fear left Hilda, and she sprang forward, holding the lantern high above her head, and calling out words of encouragement and cheer. – Queen Hildegarde by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  19. He thought of a lantern and Samhain. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple