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  1. Guest

    what is the difference in definition and in connotation, between a
    "lamp" and a "lantern"?
  2. Farmall

    Farmall Guest

    Merriam Webster



    1 : a usually portable protective case for a light with transparent
    openings -- compare CHINESE LANTERN
    2 a obsolete : LIGHTHOUSE b : the chamber in a lighthouse containing
    the light c : a structure with glazed or open sides above an opening in
    a roof for light or ventilation d : a small tower or cupola or one
    stage of a cupola
    3 : PROJECTOR2b
  3. Guest

    lamp is the bulb...... lantern holds the lamp...

    some folks call flashlights "torches"
  4. A lamp is usually fixed, stays in one place, solid construction. The
    lamp on your study desk, or in your lounge room (fixed on a pole) is
    unlikely to be called a lantern.

    A lantern tends more portable, often made of flimsier materials such as
    paper. Is often found in the phrase "Chinese lantern".
  5. Laonork

    Laonork Guest

    Lamp --> stationary,
    lantern --> mobile.

    That's my understanding.
  6. Alan

    Alan Guest

    From the OED:

    lamp . noun 1 an electric, oil, or gas device for giving light.
    ORIGIN Greek lampas 'torch'.

    lantern . noun 1 a lamp with a transparent case protecting the flame or
    electric bulb.
    ORIGIN Latin lanterna, from Greek lampter 'lamp'.

    As you can see from the definitions, a "lantern" is a specific type of
    "lamp". In common American usage, consideration of portability would
    influence your choice. One would, for example, speak of using a "lantern"
    rather than a "lamp" to go cave-exploring.
  7. Steve Hayes

    Steve Hayes Guest

    A lantern is a lantern is a lantern.

    A lamp may be a lantern but may be gualified -- we speak of a headlamp, not a
  8. Lars Eighner

    Lars Eighner Guest

    In our last episode,
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    Generally lamps are used indoors, and although some lamps could
    be moved, they are not intended to be carried while they are
    illuminated. Lanterns are intended to be portable, and are
    often used outdoors. You have crossposted to s.e.b, so perhaps
    I should add the "lamp" is commonly used as the legend in
    schematics for any device that gives off light whether intended
    as a source of illumination for other purposes, as an indicator,
    or for some other purpose. Also the parts of device which
    actually illuminate (i.e. the bulbs) are often called "lamps."
  9. In common usage, a kerosene lamp is a mostly glass piece of table or
    wall furniture, while a kerosene lantern is a mostly steel utilitarian
    tool meant to be taken wherever light is needed. A lamp normally does
    not have a handle, while a lantern normally has a bail handle that
    allows it to be carried or hung.
  10. Tony Cooper

    Tony Cooper Guest

    So Diogenes had a very long extension cord?
    So old Henry W. should have written:

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive
    Who remembers that famous day and year.

    He said to his friend, "If the British march
    By land or sea from the town to-night,
    Hang a large and flimsy paper globe aloft in the belfry arch
    Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--

    One if by land, and two if by sea;
    Enlist the help of a heathen Chinee.
    But if you need warned again in an hour or so,
    Look in the window of Sung Fat's to-go.
  11. ray o'hara

    ray o'hara Guest

    In a practical sense a lamp is used to light an area like a room and a
    lantern is for lighting your way or lighting an outdoor area.. The british
    call a flashlight a lantern{or did at least}.
  12. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    ["Followup-To:" header set to sci.electronics.basics.]
    a lantern has weatherproofing.

  13. Guest

    Although a table lamp is more mobile than an architectural lantern.

  14. JF

    JF Guest

    In message
    In modern usage, a lantern has a handle; a torch or flashlight does not.
  15. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    ["Followup-To:" header set to sci.electronics.basics.]
    actually carbide lamps are often used.
    these have an unprotected acetylene flame.

    carbide is more compact than the equivalent in alkaline cells.

  16. Steve Hayes

    Steve Hayes Guest

    But cars have headlamps, which are used for lighting ones way. They are not
  17. Steve Hayes

    Steve Hayes Guest

    So does a hurricane lamp.
  18. JF

    JF Guest

    In modern usage a lantern has a carrying handle, a torch or flashlight
    does not.
  19. That's because the headlamps are stationary relative to the car. The
    car moves. (What? You've got a better explanation?) And anyway, the
    standard term in the US is "headlights."
  20. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

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