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 for Magic 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 :

  Magic \Mag"ic\, Magical \Mag"ic*al\, a. [L. magicus, Gr. ?, fr.
     ?: cf. F. magique. See Magi.]
     1. Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed
        by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and
        the producing of effects by their agency.
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     2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman
        agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or
        sorcery; as, a magical spell. Hence: Seemingly requiring
        more than human power; imposing or startling in
        performance; producing effects which seem supernatural or
        very extraordinary; having extraordinary properties; as, a
        magic lantern; a magic square or circle.
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              The painter's magic skill.            --Cowper.
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     Note: Although with certain words magic is used more than
           magical, -- as, magic circle, magic square, magic wand,
           -- we may in general say magic or magical; as, a magic
           or magical effect; a magic or magical influence, etc.
           But when the adjective is predicative, magical, and not
           magic, is used; as, the effect was magical.
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     Magic circle, a series of concentric circles containing the
        numbers 12 to 75 in eight radii, and having somewhat
        similar properties to the magic square.
  
     Magic humming bird (Zool.), a Mexican humming bird ({Iache
        magica), having white downy thing tufts.
  
     Magic lantern. See Lantern.
  
     Magic square, numbers so disposed in parallel and equal
        rows in the form of a square, that each row, taken
        vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, shall give the
        same sum, the same product, or an harmonical series,
        according as the numbers taken are in arithmetical,
        geometrical, or harmonical progression.
  
     Magic wand, a wand used by a magician in performing feats
        of magic.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  magic lantern \magic lantern\ n.
     An early form of slide projector.
     [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  magic lantern
      n 1: an early form of slide projector

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