By popular demand, a few features commonly found in functional programming languages and Lisp have been added to Python. With the lambda keyword, small anonymous functions can be created. Here's a function that returns the sum of its two arguments: `lambda a, b: a+b'. Lambda forms can be used wherever function objects are required. They are syntactically restricted to a single expression. Semantically, they are just syntactic sugar for a normal function definition. Like nested function definitions, lambda forms cannot reference variables from the containing scope, but this can be overcome through the judicious use of default argument values, e.g.
def make_incrementor(n): return lambda x, incr=n: x+incr