safety lamp
noun Date: 1816 a miner's lamp constructed to avoid explosion in an atmosphere containing flammable gas usually by enclosing the flame in fine wire gauze

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  • Safety lamp — Lamp Lamp (l[a^]mp), n. [F. lampe, L. lampas, adis, fr. Gr. ?, ?, torch, fr. ? to give light, to shine. Cf. {Lampad}, {Lantern}.] 1. A light producing vessel, device, instrument or apparatus; formerly referring especially to a vessel with a wick… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • safety lamp — n. a miner s lamp designed to avoid explosion, fire, etc.: see also DAVY LAMP …   English World dictionary

  • safety lamp — n a special lamp used by ↑miners, with a flame which will not make underground gases explode …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Safety lamp — A safety lamp is any of several types of lamp, which are designed to be safe to use in coal mines. These lamps are designed to operate in air that may contain coal dust, methane, or firedamp, all of which are potentially flammable or explosive… …   Wikipedia

  • safety lamp — a miner s lamp in which the flame is protected by wire gauze to prevent the immediate ignition of explosive gases. [1810 20] * * * ▪ coal mining       lighting device used in places, such as mines, in which there is danger from the explosion of… …   Universalium

  • safety lamp — noun an oil lamp that will not ignite flammable gases (methane) • Syn: ↑Davy lamp • Hypernyms: ↑oil lamp, ↑kerosene lamp, ↑kerosine lamp * * * ˈsafety lamp f15 [safety lamp …   Useful english dictionary

  • SAFETY LAMP —    name of a variety of lamps for safety in coal mines against fire damp, a highly explosive mixture of natural gas apt to accumulate in them; the best known being the Davey Lamp, invented by Sir Humphrey Davy; the Geordie, invented by George… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • safety lamp — light used to ensure safety, emergency lamp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • safety lamp — safe′ty lamp n. min a miner s lamp in which the flame is protected by wire gauze to prevent the ignition of explosive gases • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • safety lamp — /ˈseɪfti læmp/ (say sayftee lamp) noun a miner s lamp in which the flame is protected by wire gauze, thus preventing immediate ignition of explosive gases …   Australian English dictionary

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