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Lantern \Lan"tern\ (l[a^]n"t[~e]rn), n. [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth`r light, torch. See Lamp.]

  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. (Arch.)

    1. An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior.

    2. A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.

    3. 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.

  3. (Mach.) A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below).

  4. (Steam Engine) 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.

  5. (Founding) A perforated barrel to form a core upon.

  6. (Zo["o]l.) See Aristotle's lantern.

    Note: Fig. 1 represents a hand lantern; fig. 2, an arm lantern; fig. 3, a breast lantern; -- so named from the positions in which they are carried.

    Dark lantern, a lantern with a single opening, which may be closed so as to conceal the light; -- called also bull's-eye.

    Lantern jaws, long, thin jaws; hence, a thin visage.

    Lantern pinion, Lantern wheel (Mach.), a kind of pinion or wheel having cylindrical bars or trundles, instead of teeth, inserted at their ends in two parallel disks or plates; -- so called as resembling a lantern in shape; -- called also wallower, or trundle.

    Lantern shell (Zo["o]l.), any translucent, marine, bivalve shell of the genus Anatina, and allied genera.

    Magic lantern, an optical instrument consisting of a case inclosing a light, and having suitable lenses in a lateral tube, for throwing upon a screen, in a darkened room or the like, greatly magnified pictures from slides placed in the focus of the outer lens.


n. (alternative spelling of bull's eye English)

Usage examples of "bull's-eye".

After a sweeping glance, Kirk then crossed to the bull's-eye port which gave visual access to the chamber.

The lead pilot aboard the JS-7 fighter quickly determined the target's range by the bull's-eye call-the distance from Davao Airport, a common navigation point for all Chinese fighters-and found that he was within radar range.

At sight of Croaker in academic gown she was seized with mirth -- and wondrous was the dance of her bull's-eyes in the glare!

We lingered outside its rather small window gazing in at the big glass jars full of Bull's-eyes and Old Fashioned Humbugs and Strawberry Bonbons and Glacier Mints and Acid Drops and Pear Drops and Lemon Drops and all the rest of them.

The blue upon blue bull's-eye was represented on sheet metal by three concentric rings, its deepening shades of color not represented at all, but described in the upper right hand corner.

The sight of the forlorn British bomber-a twin of F for Freddie-with its red, white, and blue bull's-eye, gave Pug a sad twinge.

Since the patterns of winking on and off were the same before and after occultation, this finding (and much subsequent work) has led to the discovery of nine very thin, very dark circumplanetary rings, giving Uranus the appearance of a bull's-eye in the sky.

Bull's-eyes of thick glass looked out over the city at the four compass points, and there was one set overhead, A single green light was glowing on one of the panels.

Holmes paused to light his bull's-eye lantern, button his long coat, and jam his deerstalker cap more firmly down over his ears.

A bull's-eye lantern was a dangerous, cumbersome device comprised of a steel cylinder ten inches high, including a chimney shaped like a ruffled dust cap.

To port, the bull's-eye of tf tfce Fresnel lens lit up red as the LSO triggered the pickle ^(twitch te held in one hand.

As McCoy walked down the line of steaming garbage cans, Zimmerman went to the 6 x 6, pulled out a large flat cardboard carton, and took from it two large two-hundred-yard bull's-eye targets.

It looked something like a target, with the sun and the orbits of the inner planet crowded together to make a bull's-eye.

There seemed to have been some disturbance there lately, for instead of the six pair of feet which should have protruded therefrom, the gleam of the bull's-eye showed but four.

On the new secure interplane frequency, he radioed, "Stalkers, Stalkers, this is Stalker One, your bandit is now two-twoone degrees bull's-eye, range three-one miles, level at angels three-one, turning right, possibly racetracking around for another pass.