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 for 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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dark lantern
      n 1: a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that
           can be closed to conceal the light [syn: dark lantern,
           bull's-eye]

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