Definitions of lantern

  1. To furnish with a lantern.
  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. Transparent case for a light; dome with windows to light a building.
  13. A transparent case, for enclosing a light.
  14. A tower, as on a roof, to give light.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.