bulb vs lightbulb what difference

what is difference between bulb and lightbulb

English

Etymology

From Middle English bulb, bolbe, from Latin bulbus (bulb, onion), from Ancient Greek βολβός (bolbós, plant with round swelling on underground stem).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bŭlb, IPA(key): /bʌlb/
  • Rhymes: -ʌlb

Noun

bulb (plural bulbs)

  1. Any solid object rounded at one end and tapering on the other, possibly attached to a larger object at the tapered end.
    the bulb of the aorta
  2. A light bulb.
  3. The bulb-shaped root portion of a plant such as a tulip, from which the rest of the plant may be regrown.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 265c.
      the plants which grow in the earth from seed or bulbs.
  4. (nautical) a bulbous protuberance at the forefoot of certain vessels to reduce turbulence.
  5. (dated, neuroanatomy) The medulla oblongata.

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Verb

bulb (third-person singular simple present bulbs, present participle bulbing, simple past and past participle bulbed)

  1. (intransitive) To take the shape of a bulb; to swell.

Anagrams

  • blub

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin bulbus.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈbulp/

Noun

bulb m (plural bulbs)

  1. (botany) bulb (bulb-shaped root of a plant)

Related terms

  • bulbós

Further reading

  • “bulb” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

Romanian

Etymology

From French bulbe

Noun

bulb m (plural bulbi)

  1. bulb

Declension



English

Etymology 1

Noun

lightbulb (plural lightbulbs)

  1. Alternative spelling of light bulb

Etymology 2

Calque on Cantonese 电灯泡 (diàn dēng pào), as though the third person is a light bulb in the background.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪtˌbʌlb/

Noun

lightbulb (plural lightbulbs)

  1. (Singapore, colloquial) An uninvited third person joining a couple’s date who prevents or hinders romantic interactions.
    • 2011, Heidy The Traveler, “[1]”, Learn Singlish a Bit!, 23 October 2011:
      You two go ahead lah, I don’t want to be lightbulb.
    • 2014, Chris Soh, “[2]”, 20 Words That Mean Something Completely Different to Singaporeans, 3 August 2014:
      When she finally came out her friend joined us. Damn lightbulb leh!
    • 2014, carolcraves, “[3]”, Twitter, 31 January 2014:
      Being an extra big light bulb and eating with two cousins and their husband and fiance.

Synonyms

  • gooseberry
  • third wheel

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Share Buttons and Icons powered by Ultimatelysocial