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Definition: Electric candle
([-e]*l[e^]k"tr[i^]*kal), a. [L. electrum amber,
a mixed metal, Gr. 'h`lektron; akin to 'hle`ktwr the beaming
sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. ['e]lectrique. The
name came from the production of electricity by the friction
1. Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing,
derived from, or produced by, electricity; as, electric
power or virtue; an electric jar; electric effects; an
electric spark; an electric charge; an electric current;
an electrical engineer.
2. Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity; as,
an electric or electrical machine or substance; an
3. Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic. “Electric Pindar.”
4. powered by electricity; as, electrical appliances; an
electric toothbrush; an electric automobile.
, or Electric aura
. See under Aura
. See Battery
. See under Brush
. See Telegraph cable
, under Telegraph
. See under Candle
(Zo["o]l.), one of three or more large species
of African catfish of the genus Malapterurus
(esp. M. electricus
of the Nile). They have a large electrical
organ and are able to give powerful shocks; -- called also
. See under Clock
, and see
, a current or stream of electricity
traversing a closed circuit formed of conducting
substances, or passing by means of conductors from one
body to another which is in a different electrical state.
, or Electrical eel
(Zo["o]l.), a South
American eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus Gymnotus
), from two to five feet in length,
capable of giving a violent electric shock. See
(Zo["o]l.), any fish which has an
electrical organ by means of which it can give an
electrical shock. The best known kinds are the torpedo
, or electrical eel
, and the electric cat
. See Torpedo
, and Gymnotus
, the supposed matter of electricity;
(Elec.), a collection of electrical points
regarded as forming, by an analogy with optical phenomena,
an image of certain other electrical points, and used in
the solution of electrical problems. --Sir W. Thomson.
, or Electrical machine
, an apparatus for
generating, collecting, or exciting, electricity, as by
. See Electro-motor
. (Physics) See under Osmose
, a hand pen for making perforated stencils for
multiplying writings. It has a puncturing needle driven at
great speed by a very small magneto-electric engine on the
, a railway in which the machinery for
moving the cars is driven by an electric current.
(Zo["o]l.), the torpedo.
. See Telegraph
, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
to be white. See Candid
, and cf. Chandler
1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
used to furnish light.
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
wicks in the melted tallow, etc. (“dipped candles”
or by casting or running in a mold.
2. That which gives light; a luminary.
By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites triloba
), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
(Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle
Excommunication by inch of candle
, a form of
excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
repent only while a candle burns.
Not worth the candle
, not worth the cost or trouble.
, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
Sale by inch of candle
, an auction in which persons are
allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
(Photom.), a special form of candle
employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
To curse by bell, book and candle
. See under Bell