jack o'lantern

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jack o'lantern

A pumpkin that has a face carved into it and is lit from within (usually by candles) so that the "face" glows. Typically used as a Halloween decoration. We're carving a jack o'lantern tonight so we can put it outside our door on Halloween.
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Each of these shades carried a little lantern and moved it about, above, below and all around, as though looking for something or somebody.
Before, so as not to scare the rats in front of him, he had turned his dark lantern on himself, lighting up his own head; now, to hasten their flight, he lit the dark space in front of him.
My impatience to reach the church was so great that I could not remain inactive in the cottage while the clerk lit the lantern again.
I looked back at the cottage and saw the clerk coming out, with the lantern lighted once more.
This exclamation was elicited by his having turned the lantern off again, and on again, and being visible at the foot of the third mound.
Hard by this pole, his lantern stood: lighting a few feet of the lower part of it and a little of the ashy surface around, and then casting off a purposeless little clear trail of light into the air.
He came at length to where a steep rock intervened between him and the gang, for he saw the light of their lantern shining up against the branches of the trees on the other side.
Then, with much dignity and a look of vast importance upon his wrinkled face, the Wizard got out his match-box and lighted the two lanterns.
He missed me because a lantern was flashed into his eyes through the grating.
All these detached masses, covered with enamel, polished by the action of the subterraneous fires, shone resplendent by the light of our electric lantern.
Let your man go forward with the lantern, and give me your hand.
Toby complied, by first producing his lantern, and placing it on the ground; then by planting himself firmly with his head against the wall beneath the window, and his hands upon his knees, so as to make a step of his back.
He trod about the floor while putting by his lantern and throwing aside his hat and sack, so as to merge the marks of Dunstan's feet on the sand in the marks of his own nailed boots.
At the gate she met two men--Captain Jim with a lantern, and another who she knew must be Dick Moore--a big man, badly gone to fat, with a broad, round, red face, and vacant eyes.
A relay of horses had been sent up the highroad to meet the German doctor from Moscow who was expected every moment, and men on horseback with lanterns were sent to the crossroads to guide him over the country road with its hollows and snow-covered pools of water.