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  • n. a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a liquid fuel source

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light


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  • An oil lamp made out of clay burnt on a tea-chest beside my bed, its small flame rising from the wick as perfect and without motion as a Vermeer painting.

    O Jerusalem

  • The throne room was stone cold and thick with shadows, except for the lights used by the ministering wizards and a single silver-gilt oil lamp that hung above the throne itself.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • All this is visible to you by the light of an oil lamp hanging from the ceiling, and by that of an excellent fire, near which I sit in my cloak and bonnet; my muff and umbrella lie on the table, and I am warming away the numbness and chill contracted by sixteen hours 'exposure to the rawness of an October day: I left Lowton at four o'clock A.M., and the Millcote town clock is now just striking eight.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • He took her hand and held a small, glass-shielded oil lamp in his other hand and led her through one of the doors on the right side of the house.

    Memory of Fire

  • He had been trying to unscramble them when Liz knocked on his door, wearing a caftan and carrying an oil lamp like a vestal of Roman myth.

    The Cat Who Came To Breakfast

  • Richard lifted the oil lamp off its shelf with great care; it had been bought at the same stall as the teaset, and cost more because it was accompanied by a fifty-gallon keg of whale oil.

    Morgan’s Run

  • It was pleasant, when the curtains were drawn and the red-shaded oil lamp was lit, to hear the rain driving against the leaded windows and to listen to the sound of grilling steak beyond the kitchen slide.

    Overture to Death


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