incandescent lamp

incandescent lamp
Tungsten lamp Tung"sten lamp An electric glow lamp having filaments of metallic tungsten, and contained in a glass bulb which is evacuated or has an inert gas, to avoid oxidation of the tungsten; a common form of light bulb. Such lamps, owing to the refractory nature of the metal, may be maintained at a very high temperature and require an expenditure of only about 1.25 watts per candle power, depending on the total wattage and the design of the bulb. By mid-20th century tungsten lamps became the most common type of incandescent (as contrasted with fluorescent) lamp; thus the phrase

{incandescent lamp} or

{incandescent light} typically refers to a tungsten lamp. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • incandescent lamp — n. a lamp in which the light is produced by a filament of conducting material contained in a vacuum and heated to incandescence by an electric current …   English World dictionary

  • incandescent lamp — a lamp that emits light due to the glowing of a heated material, esp. the common device in which a tungsten filament enclosed within an evacuated glass bulb is rendered luminous by the passage of an electric current through it. Cf. fluorescent… …   Universalium

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

  • incandescent lamp — kaitinamoji lempa statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. electric filament lamp; incandescent lamp vok. Glühfadenlampe, f; Glühlampe, f; Hitzdrahtlampe, f rus. лампа накаливания, f pranc. lampe à filament, f; lampe à incandescence, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Incandescent lamp —   A glass enclosure in which light is produced when a tungsten filament is electrically heated so that it glows. Much of the energy is converted into heat; therefore, this class of lamp is a relatively inefficient source of light. Included in… …   Energy terms

  • incandescent lamp — in′candes′cent lamp′ n. elo elm a lamp in which a tungsten filament enclosed within an evacuated glass bulb glows as an electric current passes through it • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • incandescent lamp — /ɪnkænˌdɛsənt ˈlæmp/ (say inkan.desuhnt lamp) noun a lamp whose light is due to the glowing of some material, as the common electric light globe which contains a filament rendered luminous by the passage of current through it …   Australian English dictionary

  • incandescent lamp — noun a lamp that creates radiant energy when its metallic filament is heated by an electric current …   Wiktionary

  • incandescent lamp — noun Date: 1881 lightbulb a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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