Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fag-end of a candle burned down; hence, a petty saving; a scrap; a fragment; a worthless trifle: chiefly in the plural.
“He got out his lantern, and after a prodigious waste of matches kindled the candle-end inside, turned the dark shutter, and trotted happily on.”
“In one hand he carried the letter, in the other the candle-end stuck in a bottle that was known as a “Ballarat-lantern” for it was a pitchdark night.”
“The candle-end was flickering out in the battered candlestick, dimly lighting up in the poverty-stricken room the murderer and the harlot who had so strangely been reading together the eternal book.”
“A very poor-looking room about ten paces long was lighted up by a candle-end; the whole of it was visible from the entrance.”
“And that consumptive and excited face with the last flickering light of the candle-end playing upon it made a sickening impression.”
“Then he laid the candle-end upon the table and disappeared from our view into one of the corners.”
“And in another minute I am with him -- I am out -- _and so is the candle-end_.”
“It is the beginning of the end -- of the candle-end.”
“The candle-end is making a final struggle for life.”
“Pare some large apples that are rather of a yellow tint; cut several pieces out of them, in the shape of a candle-end, round, of course, at the bottom, and square at the top; in fact, as much as possible like a candle that has burnt down within an inch or so.”
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