Dark lantern
Lantern Lan"tern (l[a^]n"t[~e]rn), n. [F. lanterne, L. lanterna, laterna, from Gr. lampth`r 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mach.) A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See {Lantern pinion} (below). [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Founding) A perforated barrel to form a core upon. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) See {Aristotle's lantern}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Dark lantern}, a lantern with a single opening, which may be closed so as to conceal the light; -- called also {bull's-eye}.

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dark lantern — Dark Dark (d[aum]rk), a. [OE. dark, derk, deork, AS. dearc, deorc; cf. Gael. & Ir. dorch, dorcha, dark, black, dusky.] 1. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light; not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dark lantern — n. a lantern with a shutter that can hide the light …   English World dictionary

  • dark lantern — noun A lantern with a panel that slides to block the light. Your silent matches, your dark lantern seize,Take your file and your skeletonic keys …   Wiktionary

  • dark lantern — dark′ lan′tern n. opt a lantern having an opening with a shutter that can be slid across the opening to obscure the light • Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • dark lantern — /ˈdak læntən/ (say dahk lantuhn) noun a lantern whose light can be obscured by a dark slide or cover at the opening …   Australian English dictionary

  • dark lantern — noun a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light • Syn: ↑bull s eye • Hypernyms: ↑lantern …   Useful english dictionary

  • dark lantern — noun Date: 1640 a lantern that can be closed to conceal the light …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dark lantern — a lantern having an opening with a shutter that can be slid across the opening to obscure the light. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • dark lantern — n. lantern that has a sliding panel used to dim or conceal its light …   English contemporary dictionary

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