Roman candle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Roman candle a cylindrical firework that projects a series of colored balls of fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roman candle a kind of firework (generally held in the hand), characterized by the continued emission of shower of sparks, and the ejection, at intervals, of brilliant balls or stars of fire which are thrown upward as they become ignited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roman candle a firework discharging a succession of white or coloured stars
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. RomanusRoma, Rome.

Usage

In literature:

The atom throws off corpuscles at intervals as a Roman candle throws off blazing balls.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
Then he took the big Roman candle and lit it.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
As they advanced they encountered Ebony with an unused Roman candle in each hand, and an expression of horror on his black face.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
There were rockets and Roman candles and wheels galore, as well as several set pieces.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
He grabbed a rhetorical Roman Candle in each Hand and you couldn't see him for the Sparks.
"Fables in Slang" by George Ade
On a dark night it has the effect of a discharge of Roman candles arrested in mid-career.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
I should not especially complain if Roman candles were really Roman candles.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
You're a perpetual human Roman candle.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Something like a Roman candle shot skyward in the distance.
"Old Rambling House" by Frank Patrick Herbert
FIRE-PUMPS, OR ROMAN CANDLES.
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
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In news:

Police say 19 year old admitted to lighting roman candle, causing damage in Nixa neighborhood.
Gentlemen, start your Roman candles.
The Vancouver City Council will consider prohibiting the sale and use of aerial and explosive fireworks, including mortars and Roman candles.
Watch this middle-aged delinquent sneak up on his friend and stick a lit roman candle in the back of his pants.
Man charged in Roman Candle mall bathroom fire.
A looser fireworks law legalized "consumer fireworks ," including roman candles, bottle rockets, mortars and other aerial fireworks .
Some will opt for glittering showers of sparks and roman candles with a backyard fire works display.
Some folks just can't celebrate Independence Day properly without cutting loose a few bottle rockets or Roman candles.
For Americans, July 4th is the night for dazzling displays of roman candles and Catherine wheels.
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