dark lantern


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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.
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   3. (Mach.) A lantern pinion or trundle wheel. See {Lantern
      pinion} (below).
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   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.
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   5. (Founding) A perforated barrel to form a core upon.
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   6. (Zool.) See Aristotle's lantern.
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   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.
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   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 (Zool.), 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 some deep shade of color; not
      light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth;
      dark paint; a dark complexion.
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            O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
            Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
            Without all hope of day!              --Milton.
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            In the dark and silent grave.         --Sir W.
                                                  Raleigh.
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   2. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through;
      obscure; mysterious; hidden.
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            The dark problems of existence.       --Shairp.
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            What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be
            found more plain.                     --Hooker.
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            What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word?
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or
      intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.
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            The age wherein he lived was dark, but he
            Could not want light who taught the world to see.
                                                  --Denhan.
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            The tenth century used to be reckoned by medi[ae]val
            historians as the darkest part of this intellectual
            night.                                --Hallam.
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   4. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked;
      atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.
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            Left him at large to his own dark designs. --Milton.
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   5. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.
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            More dark and dark our woes.          --Shak.
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            A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a
            dark tinge to all his views of human nature.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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            There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of
            heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark
            hour of adversity.                    --W. Irving.
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   6. Deprived of sight; blind. [Obs.]
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            He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had
            been for some years.                  --Evelyn.
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   Note: Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective;
         as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the
         first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed,
         dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.
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   A dark horse, in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate
      whose chances of success are not known, and whose
      capabilities have not been made the subject of general
      comment or of wagers. [Colloq.]

   Dark house, Dark room, a house or room in which madmen
      were confined. [Obs.] --Shak.

   Dark lantern. See Lantern. -- The

   Dark Ages, a period of stagnation and obscurity in
      literature and art, lasting, according to Hallam, nearly
      1000 years, from about 500 to about 1500 A. D.. See
      Middle Ages, under Middle.

   The Dark and Bloody Ground, a phrase applied to the State
      of Kentucky, and said to be the significance of its name,
      in allusion to the frequent wars that were waged there
      between Indians.

   The dark day, a day (May 19, 1780) when a remarkable and
      unexplained darkness extended over all New England.

   To keep dark, to reveal nothing. [Low]
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