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Roman candle

a firework consisting of a tube that sends out a shower of sparks and a succession of balls of fire.
Origin of Roman candle
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Now burn your Roman candle, and let us get 337 off as soon as possible," said Mr. Pennant.

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  • That appendage of No. 999 was shooting out 178 showers of sparks like a Roman candle.

  • But they have not lost their only son, said the Roman candle; no misfortune has happened to them at all.

  • If the Roman candle is to contain different-coloured stars, set seven in a row, in the order desired.

  • If a Roman candle is intended to be fired singly, twist a piece of touchpaper round the mouth.

  • Put a little composition, at a time, into the case, and jolt it with the Roman candle rammer.

  • Roll the case like a Roman candle case, but gauge it to the thickness of a rocket case.

  • The proper composition will be found among the fuses: drive it into a Roman candle case with the rammer, fig. 4.

  • If you want to give pleasure to others, cried the Roman candle, you had better keep yourself dry.

  • The composition may also be pumped into Roman candle streamer stars.

British Dictionary definitions for Roman candle

Roman candle

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