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Meaning of LANTERN

Pronunciation:  'lanturn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  light in a transparent protective case

LANTERN is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: Chinese lantern, dark lantern, jack-o'-lantern, lamp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lan"tern\, n. [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from
    Gr. ? 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.)
       (a) An open structure of light material set upon a roof,
           to give light and air to the interior.
       (b) A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open
           below into the building or tower which it crowns.
       (c) 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
    {Lantern fly}, {Lantern carrier} (Zo["o]l.), any one of
       several species of large, handsome, hemipterous insects of
       the genera {Laternaria}, {Fulgora}, and allies, of the
       family {Fulgorid[ae]}. The largest species is {Laternaria
       phosphorea} of Brazil. The head of some species has been
       supposed to be phosphorescent.
    {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.
  2. \Lan"tern\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lanterned}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Lanterning}.] [Cf. F. lanterner to hang at the lamp
    post, fr. lanterne. See {Lantern}.]
    To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or buy a lantern in your dream indicates unexpected wealth and fortunate dealings. Dreaming that you are carrying a lantern means that you generosity and kindness will attract many friends. Dreaming that a lantern goes out, foretells that you will fail to rise to prestige. Dreaming that you blow out a lantern means that you will miss an opportunity of getting married.
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