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NOUN (3)

1. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell;
[syn: Satan, Old Nick, Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darkness]

2. a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky;
[syn: morning star, daystar, Phosphorus, Lucifer]

3. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction;
- Example: "he always carries matches to light his pipe"
- Example: "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"
[syn: match, lucifer, friction match]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lucifer \Lu"ci*fer\, n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.] [1913 Webster] 1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon. [1913 Webster] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations! --Is. xiv. 12. [1913 Webster] Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan. --Kitto. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, Satan. [1913 Webster] How wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A match[1] made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also lucifer match, and locofoco, now most commonly referred to as a friction match. See Locofoco. [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Venus \Ve"nus\ (v[=e]"n[u^]s), n. [L. Venus, -eris, the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit lying between that of Mercury and that of the Earth, at a mean distance from the sun of about 67,000,000 miles. Its diameter is 7,700 miles, and its sidereal period 224.7 days. As the morning star, it was called by the ancients Lucifer; as the evening star, Hesperus. [1913 Webster] 3. (Alchem.) The metal copper; -- probably so designated from the ancient use of the metal in making mirrors, a mirror being still the astronomical symbol of the planet Venus. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 4. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Venus or family Veneridae. Many of these shells are large, and ornamented with beautiful frills; others are smooth, glossy, and handsomely colored. Some of the larger species, as the round clam, or quahog, are valued for food. [1913 Webster] Venus's basin (Bot.), the wild teasel; -- so called because the connate leaf bases form a kind of receptacle for water, which was formerly gathered for use in the toilet. Also called Venus's bath. Venus's basket (Zool.), an elegant, cornucopia-shaped, hexactinellid sponge (Euplectella speciosa) native of the East Indies. It consists of glassy, transparent, siliceous fibers interwoven and soldered together so as to form a firm network, and has long, slender, divergent anchoring fibers at the base by means of which it stands erect in the soft mud at the bottom of the sea. Called also Venus's flower basket, and Venus's purse. Venus's comb. (a) (Bot.) Same as Lady's comb. (b) (Zool.) A species of Murex (Murex tenuispinus). It has a long, tubular canal, with a row of long, slender spines along both of its borders, and rows of similar spines covering the body of the shell. Called also Venus's shell. Venus's fan (Zool.), a common reticulated, fanshaped gorgonia (Gorgonia flabellum) native of Florida and the West Indies. When fresh the color is purple or yellow, or a mixture of the two. Venus's flytrap. (Bot.) See Flytrap, 2. Venus's girdle (Zool.), a long, flat, ribbonlike, very delicate, transparent and iridescent ctenophore (Cestum Veneris) which swims in the open sea. Its form is due to the enormous development of two spheromeres. See Illust. in Appendix. Venus's hair (Bot.), a delicate and graceful fern (Adiantum Capillus-Veneris) having a slender, black and shining stem and branches. Venus's hair stone (Min.), quartz penetrated by acicular crystals of rutile. Venus's looking-glass (Bot.), an annual plant of the genus Specularia allied to the bellflower; -- also called lady's looking-glass. Venus's navelwort (Bot.), any one of several species of Omphalodes, low boraginaceous herbs with small blue or white flowers. Venus's pride (Bot.), an old name for Quaker ladies. See under Quaker. Venus's purse. (Zool.) Same as Venus's basket, above. Venus's shell. (Zool.) (a) Any species of Cypraea; a cowrie. (b) Same as Venus's comb, above. (c) Same as Venus, 4. Venus's slipper. (a) (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Cypripedium. See Lady's slipper. (b) (Zool.) Any heteropod shell of the genus Carinaria. See Carinaria. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Lucifer n 1: (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell [syn: Satan, Old Nick, Devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Tempter, Prince of Darkness] 2: a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky [syn: morning star, daystar, Phosphorus, Lucifer] 3: lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag" [syn: match, lucifer, friction match]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

54 Moby Thesaurus words for "Lucifer": Aldebaran, Apollyon, Beelzebub, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, His Satanic Majesty, North Star, Old Nick, Old Scratch, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Polaris, Satan, Satanas, Sirius, Venus, Vesper, celestial body, comet, daystar, devil, diablo, evening star, fiend, fixed stars, heavenly body, living sapphires, lodestar, morning star, orb, polar star, polestar, serpent, sphere, starry host, stars, the Adversary, the Arch-fiend, the Common Enemy, the Demon, the Devil, the Devil Incarnate, the Evil One, the Evil Spirit, the Fiend, the Foul Fiend, the Old Enemy, the Old Serpent, the Tempter, the Wicked One, the archenemy, the serpent
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Lucifer brilliant star, a title given to the king of Babylon (Isa. 14:12) to denote his glory.
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):

Lucifer, bringing light