Find the word definition

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
magic lantern
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And during all this time I kept getting flashing pictures in my mind of Chantal, like a magic lantern slide.
▪ Cheap cards revolve on a display stand like a magic lantern.
▪ Lime lights were also used for magic lantern shows until they were superseded by the carbon arc.
▪ They make a delightful, spontaneously spellbound audience, to whom one could show history unfolding as if with a magic lantern.
▪ When we were young we tended it like a magic lantern, and we continue to find its place.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
magic lantern

magic lantern \magic lantern\ n. An early form of slide projector.

Wiktionary
magic lantern

n. 1 An early form of slide projector that could achieve simple animation by moving and merging images. 2 (cx dated English) A slide projector.

WordNet
magic lantern

n. an early form of slide projector

Wikipedia
Magic lantern (disambiguation)

A magic lantern is an early type of image projector, an ancestor of the modern slide projector.

Magic lantern may also refer to:

Magic lantern

The magic lantern or laterna magica is an early type of image projector employing painted pictures or photographs on sheets of glass, a lens and a bright light source. It was developed in the 17th century and commonly used for educational and entertainment purposes.

Magic Lantern (theater)

The Magic Lantern is a movie theater in Bridgton, Maine, United States. It was demolished due to a sinkhole located on-site. The theater reopened at its new location on February 8, 2008.

Magic Lantern (software)

Magic Lantern is keystroke logging software developed by the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation. Magic Lantern was first reported in a column by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC on 20 November 2001 and by Ted Bridis of the Associated Press.

Magic Lantern (firmware)

Magic Lantern is a firmware add-on, originally written for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II by Trammell Hudson in 2009, and ported to the 550D/T2i/Kiss X4 (1.0.8) in July 2010 by the same author. The current principal developer is known as A1ex and there are now versions for most Canon DSLR's.

Because installing Magic Lantern does not replace the stock Canon firmware or modify the ROM but rather runs alongside it, it is both easy to remove and carries little risk. The DSLR checks a "boot flag" in its re-writable memory, and if set, reads from a flash card to get the additional firmware routines. Each time the camera is started, there is an option to disable Magic Lantern.

A similar FOSS project is CHDK for most Canon point-and-shoot cameras.

Usage examples of "magic lantern".

She took her own magic lantern, a twin of the one Bink had found before, from the wall and grasped Bink's arm firmly.

Baylee stood on the side of the overturned vessel and played the beam of his magic lantern over the wreckage.

None of these people will ever come back, and I'll have to figure out Hurwood's magic lantern just to find my way back to the goddamned jungle!