Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light made by stripping a dried rush of all its bark except one small strip, which holds the pith together, and dipping it repeatedly in tallow. Rush-candles, being long and slender, are used with the clip-candlestick. Also rushlight.

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Examples

  • The tiny, steady light of the rush-candle showed him her face smoothed of its ageing lines and softly bright, very comely.

    Monk's Hood

  • He is still citing for himself, that a candle should not be hid under a bushel; and for his part he will be sure not to hide his, though his candle be but a snuff or rush-candle.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • Their wee green cloaks were folded close about them, and each carried a rush-candle.

    This Way to Christmas

  • He heard the terrified, confused exclamations of women; he saw the master of the house approaching along the passage with his burning rush-candle in one hand and his gun in the other.

    The Queen of Hearts

  • By degrees, these dwindled away and disappeared or were replaced, here and there, by a feeble rush-candle which was to burn all night.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • The above short dialogue took place as Mr. Weller lay extended on his mattress at one end of the room, and the cobbler on his, at the other; the apartment being illumined by the light of a rush-candle, and the cobbler's pipe, which was glowing below the table, like a red-hot coal.

    The Pickwick papers

  • Sometimes he could catch a glimpse of them sitting around a basket of potatoes and salt, their miserable-looking faces lit by the dim light of a rush-candle into the ghastly paleness of spectres.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • During the time that my first hot fit of benevolence was on me, I was riding home one evening after dining with Mr. Hardcastle, and I was struck with the sight of a cabin, more wretched than any I had ever before beheld: the feeble light of a single rush-candle through the window revealed its internal misery.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04

  • "Kindly welcome," were the first words Lord Colambre heard when he approached the cottage; and "kindly welcome" was in the sound of the voice and in the countenance of the old woman who came out, shading her rush-candle from the wind, and holding it so as to light the path.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 06

  • 'Kindly welcome,' were the first words Lord Colambre heard when he approached the cottage; and 'kindly welcome' was in the sound of the voice and in the countenance of the old woman who came out, shading her rush-candle from the wind, and holding it so as to light the path.

    The Absentee

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