can·​dle·​stick | \ ˈkan-dᵊl-ˌstik How to pronounce candlestick (audio) \

Definition of candlestick

: a holder with a socket for a candle

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The good news is that the duo seem more in love than ever, and Jamie spent much of this episode trying to find a silversmith to stamp Claire's name on his mother's candlesticks as a gift. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 6 Biggest Reveals from 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 5," 3 Dec. 2018 Instead of elaborate centerpieces, a few one-of-a-kind candlesticks make the type of subtle statement you’re after. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Petals were scattered among gigantic candlesticks on the thirty-foot linen runner covering the immense refectory table; each of us was attended by a footman dressed as a hooded monk. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 Or the wedding classic: One place setting of china, rather than candlesticks that cost the same amount. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "You Got Them Exactly the Wrong Thing, Didn’t You?," 22 Dec. 2018 Glossy black candlesticks by Aesa and shimmering Tom Dixon light fixtures suggest movement, as though they’ve just been blopped down on the table or, like soap bubbles, are wobbling through the air. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Anyway, Aunt Jocasta seems very upset that Claire and Jamie are leaving, but gives them A) a very cute mule named Clarence, and B) some fancy candlesticks that belonged to Jamie's mom. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 7 Biggest Reveals from Outlander Season 4 Episode 3," 19 Nov. 2018 Remember when Jamie gave Murtagh his mother's old candlestick to ~smelt~? Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Biggest Reveals from Outlander Season 4 Episode 6," 10 Dec. 2018 Skip the overhead lamp at the dinner table in favor of candles—traditional or antique-style candlestick holders work best. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 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 How to pronounce candlestick (audio) \

Kids Definition of candlestick

: a holder for a candle

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