1. a cylindrical firework that projects a series of colored balls of fire
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Roman \Ro"man\, a. [L. Romanus, fr. Roma Rome: cf. F. romain.
Cf. Romaic, Romance, Romantic.]
1. Of or pertaining to Rome, or the Roman people; like or
characteristic of Rome, the Roman people, or things done
by Romans; as, Roman fortitude; a Roman aqueduct; Roman
2. Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic religion;
professing that religion.
(a) Upright; erect; -- said of the letters or kind of type
ordinarily used, as distinguished from Italic
(b) Expressed in letters, not in figures, as I., IV., i.,
iv., etc.; -- said of numerals, as distinguished from
the Arabic numerals, 1, 4, etc.
Roman alum (Chem.), a cubical potassium alum formerly
obtained in large quantities from Italian alunite, and
highly valued by dyers on account of its freedom from
Roman balance, a form of balance nearly resembling the
modern steelyard. See the Note under Balance, n., 1.
Roman candle, a kind of firework (generally held in the
hand), characterized by the continued emission of shower
of sparks, and the ejection, at intervals, of brilliant
balls or stars of fire which are thrown upward as they
Roman Catholic, of, pertaining to, or the religion of that
church of which the pope is the spiritual head; as, a
Roman Catholic priest; the Roman Catholic Church.
Roman cement, a cement having the property of hardening
under water; a species of hydraulic cement.
Roman law. See under Law.
Roman nose, a nose somewhat aquiline.
Roman ocher, a deep, rich orange color, transparent and
durable, used by artists. --Ure.
Roman order (Arch.), the composite order. See Composite,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cylindrical firework that projects a series of colored
balls of fire
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
87 Moby Thesaurus words for "Roman candle":
aid to navigation, alarm, amber light, balefire, beacon,
beacon fire, bell, bell buoy, blinker, blue peter, bomb, buoy, cap,
caution light, cherry bomb, cracker, firecracker, flare, flowerpot,
fog bell, fog signal, fog whistle, foghorn, girandole, glance,
go light, gong buoy, green light, heliograph, high sign,
international alphabet flag, international numeral pennant, kick,
ladyfinger, leer, marker beacon, nod, nudge, parachute flare,
pilot flag, pinwheel, poke, police whistle, quarantine flag,
radio beacon, red flag, red light, rocket, sailing aid, semaphore,
semaphore flag, semaphore telegraph, serpent, sign, signal,
signal beacon, signal bell, signal fire, signal flag, signal gong,
signal gun, signal lamp, signal light, signal mast, signal post,
signal rocket, signal shot, signal siren, signal tower, skyrocket,
snake, spar buoy, sparkler, squib, stop light, the nod, the wink,
torpedo, touch, traffic light, traffic signal, watch fire,
white flag, wigwag, wigwag flag, wink, yellow flag