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Definition of lantern:

  1. A cage or open chamber of rich architecture, open below into the building or tower which it crowns.
  2. 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.
  3. A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See pinion ( below).
  4. A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
  5. 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.
  6. An open structure of light material set upon a roof, to give light and air to the interior.
  7. See Aristotle's lantern.
  8. 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.
  9. To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.

Synonyms:

glass, architectural, hanging, optical, oil, magic, cupola, lighting device, paper, Chinese, barn, hand, poop, gas, railroad, Japanese, police, tower, dark, electric, horn, lantern of the dead.

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