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Roman candle   /rˈoʊmən kˈændəl/   Listen
Roman candle

A cylindrical firework that projects a series of colored balls of fire.

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"Roman candle" Quotes from Famous Books

... still composed of day scholars from the neighbourhood. Then two things happened. Firstly, the school's property rose in value, and it became rich. Secondly, for no obvious reason, it suddenly emitted a quantity of bishops. The bishops, like the stars from a Roman candle, were all colours, and flew in all directions, some high, some low, some to distant colonies, one into the Church of Rome. But many a father traced their course in the papers; many a mother wondered whether her son, if properly ignited, might not burn as bright; many ...
— The Longest Journey • E. M. Forster

... the Emperor anxiously. "A fine way to celebrate a victory, lighting me up like a Roman candle!" ...
— The Royal Book of Oz • L. Frank Baum

... the bag of coffee. Now, we put a little powder under all of thems and lay a train from one to the other, and now you get out a few of those giant firecrackers you had left over from last Fourth of July, and a Roman candle, and we can illustrate the whole business so Alexovitch and Ito ...
— Peck's Bad Boy With the Cowboys • Hon. Geo. W. Peck

... topmost twig, that rises and falls with willowy motion, sits that ridiculous, sweet-singing bobolink, singing as a Roman candle fizzes, showers of ...
— Bird Day; How to prepare for it • Charles Almanzo Babcock

... we may be sure that any piece of literature which attracts only by some trick of style, however it may blaze up for a day and startle the world with its flash, lacks the element of endurance. We do not need much experience to tell us the difference between a lamp and a Roman candle. Even in our day we have seen many reputations flare up, illuminate the sky, and then go out in utter darkness. When we take a proper historical perspective, we see that it is the universal, ...
— Baddeck and That Sort of Thing • Charles Dudley Warner

... would work in a skyrocket or Roman candle," he said. "I'm sure they're trying to cheat me out of my dye formulae. If I could ...
— Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters - or, Battling with Flames from the Air • Victor Appleton

... fashion of making ready to speak and soliciting attention by the act, and then collapsing suddenly with no explosion, like a bad Roman candle. He did this now, and whatever he meant to say was lost to the race; but he looked very wise the while. It was rather as if he discarded you as a fit listener, than that he discarded his ...
— Romance Island • Zona Gale

Words linked to "Roman candle" :   pyrotechnic, firework

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