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candlestick (1) with a socket
candlestick bar (3)

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From Middle English candelstik, candelstikke, from Old English candelsticca (candlestick), equivalent to candle +‎ stick. Cognate with Scots candilsteke, candilstik (candlestick). Compare Old Norse kertastika, kertistika (candlestick).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkændəlˌstɪk/, /ˈkændl̩ˌstɪk/
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candlestick (plural candlesticks)

  1. A holder with a socket or spike for a candle.
    Synonym: candle holder
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Matthew 5:15:
      Neither doe men light a candle, and put it vnder a bushell: but on a candlesticke, and it giueth light vnto all that are in the house.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 114:
      Sorcerers and other practitioners of witchcraft used to make a variety of candlestick called the Hand of Glory, chiefly from the flesh of criminals[.]
  2. (gymnastics) A gymnastics move in which the legs are pointed vertically upward.
  3. (finance) A color-coded bar showing the open and closing prices of a stock on a candlestick chart.
  4. (British, military slang, historical) The central ignition tube connecting the fuse and charge of a WWI shrapnel shell, shaped like a candle stick.
    • 1930, Ford Madox Ford, No More Parades, Grosset & Dunlap, page 20:
      Inside the shrapnel shell was an iron bar with a flattened, broad nose. When the shell burst in the air this iron object fell to the ground and, since it came often from a great height, its fall was dangerous. The men called these candlesticks, which they much resembled.

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  • Sranan Tongo: kandratiki



candlestick (third-person singular simple present candlesticks, present participle candlesticking, simple past and past participle candlesticked)

  1. (of a parachute) To catch on fire, so that the chute resembles a tapered candle with a flame on top.
    • 1998, Sandler Stanley, Segregated Skies, page 104:
      Planes fell in flames, planes fell not in flames. Men fell in flames, men fell safely in their parachutes, some candlesticked.
    • 2003, Heather Williams, Parachutes, Patriots and Partisans:
      Archie Jack had a second lucky escape in a later attempt when his pilot, nervous of flying over the high mountain ranges, made him jump out at a much greater altitude than was usual. What initially seemed inconsiderate saved Jack's life as his parachute 'candlesticked', ...
    • 2013, Rick Atkinson, The Liberation:
      Others with chutes aflame candlesticked into the sea.
  2. (investing) To analyze stock behavior using Japanese candlestick charts.
    • 2003, Cynthia Pirl, Intentional Investing:
      The other book I would recommend is on a technical evaluation method called “candlesticking.”
    • 2014, Sarah Graves, Wreck the Halls:
      “You wouldn't happen to be the B. J. Devine who wrote the Devine candlestick formula?” I blurted, not thinking it could be true. Candlesticking is one of the trickier methods of charting stock.
  3. To adorn with candlesticks.
    • 1962, John Wilson, The Faith of an Artist, page 71:
      The Drama's altar isn't on the stage; it is candlesticked and flowered in the box-office.
    • 1988, William Reynolds, Anne Hoffman Cleaver, E. Jeffrey Stann, Voyage to the Southern Ocean, page 2:
      3 When I get my room arranged, it will be carpeted, cushioned, curtained (one set crimson dama[s]k, one white), mirrored, silver candlesticked, etc., etc., etc.
  4. To form a tall, thin, tapering shape similar to a candle.
    • 1957, The American Rose Annual - Volume 42, page 50:
      If cut on the individual stems at three-leaf clusters, the cane will "candlestick."
    • 1976, Journal of the American Podiatry Association:
      Initially, the end of the shaft is ragged, but then begins to taper smoothly, exhibiting the "candlesticking" or "pencilling" referred to in the literature (Fig. 13).
    • 1991, Renee Roszel, Valentine's Knight, page 192:
      Caught there on a candlesticked overhang of ice, Quaid turned to peer down at his buddy.

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