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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Elements like a candlestick crafted from a deer antler and a chair by a local artisan further celebrate Western riches. Jessica Dailey, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to Infusing a Western-Chic Vibe Into Your Home," 1 Aug. 2019 His tablescapes often include the likes of Broste plates, Amelia Black bowls, CB2 flatware, Ferm Living glassware, Louise Roe mugs, an Anderssen & Voll candlestick, and a Workaday Handmade serving bowl. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Dining room ideas to steal from eight gorgeous homes," 5 Aug. 2019 Crowd-pleasing and heralded for its dense, dark fruit yet lively, herbaceous profile, Cabernet is a wine that’s as classic as a Sferra tablecloth or Val St. Lambert candlesticks. Sara Mae Albert, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Plan a Casual Chic Dinner Party," 2 Aug. 2019 Her whimsical, eerie illustrations of lighters and candlesticks were used as prints on several of the garments. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Artist Has Designed Prints for Miu Miu and Supreme—Now She’s Getting Her First Solo Show," 1 Aug. 2019 Sculptures by Belgian artist Harvey Bouterse, artisan glass by Laurence Brabant, candlesticks by Harvey Bouterse, and Giobagnara stools, just to name a few. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ultimate It-Girl Store, The Webster, Launches a New Home Line," 18 Mar. 2019 Complement these cool colors with copper cutlery and candlesticks. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "5 Tablescape Ideas That Will Make You Holiday Host Of The Year," 16 Nov. 2018 The Willow Fork Park Butterfly Garden is home to nine host plants: Mexican Butterfly weed, candlestick, bouquet dill, Dutchman’s pipevine, fennel, green antelope horn milkweed, curled parsley, passion vine and rue. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 2019 There are so many better ways to decorate your mantel—art! candlesticks! Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Rooms Feature all the Worst Home Decor Trends of the Past 30 Years," 30 May 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of candlestick

: a holder for a candle

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