Crossword clues for oil lamp
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a liquid fuel source
n. a lamp that burns oil (as kerosine) for light [syn: kerosene lamp, kerosine lamp]
An oil lamp is an object used to produce light continuously for a period of time using an oil-based fuel source. The use of oil lamps began thousands of years ago and continues to this day, although not commonly anymore. They are often associated with stories in which rubbing an oil lamp would summon a genie dwelling in it, like seen in Aladdin.
Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights. Starting in 1780 the Argand lamp quickly replaced other oil lamps still in their basic ancient form. These in turn were replaced by the kerosene lamp in about 1850. In small towns and rural areas the latter continued in use well into the 20th century, until such areas were finally electrified and light bulbs could be used.
Most modern lamps (such as fueled lanterns) have been replaced by gas-based or petroleum-based fuels to operate when emergency non-electric light is required. As such, oil lamps of today are primarily used for the particular ambience they produce, or in rituals and religious ceremonies.
Usage examples of "oil lamp".
He was coated now with ice, coated 'almost from head to foot, and the falling snow had clung to him and turned to ice also: in the light from the ferryman's oil lamp, he glistened and glittered in that rigid, crackling suit of ice like some eerie visitor from another and alien world.
Once he'd placed the iron tub on the floor, he lit an oil lamp and left.
They took the last oil lamp, leaving the dungeons in a foul darkness.
Bipti let him scream until he was tired and fell asleep in the yellow, wavering light of the oil lamp which left the corners in darkness.
That I was to start the fire in the attic with an oil lamp that was up there, and then move down to the second floor and start the drapes burning and finally come down to the first.
Warmer than the cold damp outside, the kitchen is still cool and dim, lit by a single oil lamp set on the table.
He lights the small oil lamp on the wall, opens the cover on the cooling tank, barely above freezing with the water from the high spring, and pulls out the jug of cider.
Just by itself, the gas gives as good a light as any coal-oil lamp.
He carried the pale light, a simple oil lamp flaring and flickering as the night wind teased it, held away from his body to illuminate the face of the prince.
It gleamed, sweetly gold, almost as bright in the night as the oil lamp.
On it was a tray with a bottle of whisky and a couple of glasses, a hurricane lamp and an old-fashioned farmhouse oil lamp of thick glass, both lit, a saucer full of matches and another full of ashes and stubs.
He avoided the pool of light from the single oil lamp that hung over the carriage doors and went instead to an inconspicuous portal further down the alley.