light bulb

light bulb
lightbulb lightbulb, light bulb light bulb . A glass bulb with metallic contacts on the outside connected to a wire filament (usually tungsten) inside that emits light when heated by passage of electricity through the filament; -- used as the replaceable light-emitting component of an electric lamp, flashlight, lighting fixture, etc.

Syn: light bulb, bulb, incandescent lamp, electric light, electric-light bulb. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • light bulb — light ,bulb noun count a glass object that you put in an electric light to produce light. A light bulb is often simply called a bulb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • light bulb — light bulbs N COUNT A light bulb or bulb is the round glass part of an electric light or lamp which light shines from. Syn: bulb …   English dictionary

  • light bulb — also lightbulb, 1884, from LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.) + BULB (Cf. bulb) …   Etymology dictionary

  • light bulb — n ↑filament, ↑thread the glass object inside a lamp that produces light and has to be replaced regularly = ↑bulb …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • light bulb — light′ bulb n. elm an electric light bulb; incandescent lamp • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • light bulb — ► NOUN ▪ a glass bulb containing inert gas, fitted into a lamp or ceiling socket, which provides light when an electric current is passed through it …   English terms dictionary

  • light bulb — noun electric lamp consisting of a transparent or translucent glass housing containing a wire filament (usually tungsten) that emits light when heated by electricity (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑lightbulb, ↑bulb, ↑incandescent lamp, ↑electric light,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • light bulb — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms light bulb : singular light bulb plural light bulbs a glass object that you put in an electric light to produce light. A light bulb is often simply called a bulb …   English dictionary

  • light bulb — n. a pregnant woman. (Jocular. Refers to the shape of a pregnant woman.) □ Who’s the light bulb on the sofa? □ I can’t possibly fit that light bulb ut there. She’ll have to wait a few months before buying expensive clothing …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • light bulb — Synonyms and related words: candle, electric light bulb, fire, flame, glim, illuminant, illuminator, incandescent body, lamp, lantern, light, light source, luminant, luminary, match, moon, source of light, stars, sun, taper, torch …   Moby Thesaurus

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