dark lantern
noun Date: 1640 a lantern that can be closed to conceal the light

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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 …   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 — 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

  • dark-lantern — …   Useful english dictionary

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