Roman candle


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Roman candle

n.
A cylindrical firework that emits balls of fire and a shower of sparks.

Roman candle

n
a firework that produces a continuous shower of sparks punctuated by coloured balls of fire
[C19: so called from its having been originated in Italy]

Ro′man can′dle


n.
a firework consisting of a tube that sends out a shower of sparks and a succession of balls of fire.
[1825–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Roman candle - a cylindrical firework that projects a series of colored balls of fire
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
Translations
roomalainen kynttilä
References in classic literature ?
You were talking about yourself," replied the Roman Candle.
A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes," answered the Roman Candle in a low whisper; and the Cracker nearly exploded with laughter.
If you want to give pleasure to others," cried the Roman Candle, "you had better keep yourself dry.
Why, you don't even know him," growled the Roman Candle.
But the Roman Candle and the Bengal Light were quite indignant, and kept saying, "Humbug
The city clocks were striking nine as they got out into the bay, and the island fireworks seemed to be over, for no rocket answered the last Roman candle that shone on the Aunt-hill.
He balanced his pole and walked the length of his rope--two or three hundred feet; he came back and got a man and carried him across; he returned to the center and danced a jig; next he performed some gymnastic and balancing feats too perilous to afford a pleasant spectacle; and he finished by fastening to his person a thousand Roman candles, Catherine wheels, serpents and rockets of all manner of brilliant colors, setting them on fire all at once and walking and waltzing across his rope again in a blinding blaze of glory that lit up the garden and the people's faces like a great conflagration at midnight.
Meantime the nearest bridge had been illuminated, and from several rafts anchored in the river, meteor showers of rockets, Roman candles, bombs, serpents, and Catharine wheels were being discharged in wasteful profusion into the sky--a marvelous sight indeed to a person as little used to such spectacles as I was.
They had pack-mules along, and had brought everything I needed -- tools, pump, lead pipe, Greek fire, sheaves of big rockets, roman candles, colored fire sprays, electric apparatus, and a lot of sundries -- everything necessary for the stateliest kind of a miracle.
Seized from the three were 500 whistle bombs, 800 Roman candles, 83 Judas' belts with 100 bangers each, 500 sparklers, 300 fountains and eight 'sawa' (string of small firecrackers), six of which had 10,000 crackers each.
Includes a five-pack of shot tubes, a 100-shot missile cake, five packs of sparklers, each containing five sparklers, two Catherine wheels, a 24-piece selection box, a five pack of rockets, a 10-shot aerial display, a 16-shot Roman candle cake and a pack of three firework lighters.
This Roman candle of a man shed light wherever he went and we will all miss him greatly.