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Rushlight meaning

rushlight - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. A rush candle, or its light; hence, a small, feeble light.

rushlight - examples of usage

  1. The sexton had lit the rushlight; and the doctor, looking fearfully about the room, was just exhorting Dolph to be of good cheer, and to pluck up a stout heart, when a noise in the chimney, like voices and struggling, struck a sudden panic into the sexton. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. The old black cook, his only friend in the household, had provided him with a little mess for supper, and a rushlight; and she tied round his neck an amulet, given her by an African conjurer, as a charm against evil spirits. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. According to the scientific doctrine that all our familiar forms of energy are ultimately derived from the Sun, it might well be argued from observation of a farthing rushlight that Solar Energy includes heat and light; but not that it is fed on tallow. - "The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer", John Gerard.
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