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Definition of Lantern


  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. An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior.
  3. A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.
  4. 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.
  5. A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See Lantern pinion (below).
  6. 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.
  7. A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
  8. See Aristotle's lantern.
  9. To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.
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Lantern Translations

lantern in Dutch is lantaarn
lantern in French is lanterne
lantern in German is Laterne
lantern in Italian is lampione
lantern in Norwegian is lykt, lanterne
lantern in Portuguese is lanterna
lantern in Spanish is farol, linterna
lantern in Swedish is lanterna, lykta