can·​dle·​stick | \-ˌstik \

Definition of candlestick 

: a holder with a socket for a candle

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The table settings were a study in understated elegance, decorated with candlesticks and low floral arrangements by florist Christine Cater. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Hilary Swank Wears Elie Saab Couture and Christian Dior at Her Wedding in the Redwoods," 21 Aug. 2018 For example, last winter, my friend — who writes about dangerous women and loves an unusual pattern and lives in my favorite mismatched-candlestick apartment — threw herself a party. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 White candles tucked into antique brass candlesticks, brass shot glasses that double as votive holders, a bay leaf garland and heirloom pumpkins cast a note of laid-back romance onto the holiday table. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20+ Sophisticated Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas," 31 Oct. 2017 The warm chandelier lighting makes the place glow at night in a flickering candlestick kind of way that detoxes you from a day in fluorescence. Bon Appetit, "Via Carota," 25 June 2018 Sitting near the front, Allan Polunsky, a lawyer based in San Antonio, raised his paddle for a pair of candlesticks believed to be from the 17th century. New York Times, "At Rockefeller Auction, They Came. They Bid. They Mostly Lost.," 9 May 2018 No more Israeli wine in kosher supermarkets, no more Israeli candlesticks in Judaica stores, no more Birthright trips for young Jews who want to visit Israel — and that’s just the starters. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "I’m an American Jew who abhors Israel’s violence. I still can’t boycott Israel.," 15 May 2018 The candlesticks were estimated to go for $1,500 to $2,500. New York Times, "At Rockefeller Auction, They Came. They Bid. They Mostly Lost.," 9 May 2018 When Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married in 1947, for example, the couple was showered with gifts from leaders around the world: crystal candlesticks from Sweden, porcelain horse figurines from West Germany, carpets from India, and more. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Long and Often Bizarre History of Royal Wedding Gifts," 9 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of candlestick

What It Is

Candlestick charts are often used in technical analysis to track price movements of securities, derivatives and currency over time.

How It Works

Each candlestick is made up of three parts: the upper shadow, the lower shadow, and the real body. The size of each can vary based upon how far apart the prices are from each other.

The upper and lower shadows are the two thin vertical lines that look like candle wicks. The upper shadow represents the highest price for the time period, and the lower shadow represents the lowest price.

The real body is the rectangle sitting between the two shadows. It represents the opening and closing price over the given time. If you think of the upper and lower shadows as wicks, the real body would represent the candle.

A white (sometimes blue or green) real body indicates that the market rose; in this situation, the lower line represents the opening price, and the upper line represents the closing price. When the real body is black (sometimes red), the market fell; in this case, the lower line represents the opening price and the upper line represents the closing price.

If you have a hard time remembering which color corresponds with which open and close, a little common sense can help reason it out: If the market is rising (white real body), then the closing price will be higher than the opening price. If the market is falling (black real body), then the closing price will be lower than the opening price.

Why It Matters

This style of charting is very popular due to the level of ease in reading and understanding the graphs. The patterns formed by candlesticks are given memorable names such as dragonflys, dojis, hammers, and morning or evening stars. These charts are widely used to identify potential turning points in a market.

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English Language Learners Definition of candlestick

: an object with a small hole in the middle for holding a candle


can·​dle·​stick | \ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌstik \

Kids Definition of candlestick

: a holder for a candle

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