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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Curse \Curse\ (k?rs), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cursed (k?rst) or Curst; p. pr. & vb. n. Cursing.] [AS. cursian, corsian, perh. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. korse to make the sign of the cross, Sw. korsa, fr. Dan. & Sw. kors cross, Icel kross, all these Scand. words coming fr. OF. crois, croiz, fr. L. crux cross. Cf. Cross.] 1. To call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; to imprecate evil upon; to execrate. [1913 Webster] Thou shalt not . . . curse the ruler of thy people. --Ex. xxii. 28. [1913 Webster] Ere sunset I'll make thee curse the deed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring great evil upon; to be the cause of serious harm or unhappiness to; to furnish with that which will be a cause of deep trouble; to afflict or injure grievously; to harass or torment. [1913 Webster] On impious realms and barbarous kings impose Thy plagues, and curse 'em with such sons as those. --Pope. [1913 Webster] To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Book \Book\ (b[oo^]k), n. [OE. book, bok, AS. b[=o]c; akin to Goth. b[=o]ka a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b[=o]k, Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b[=o]k, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch; and fr. AS. b[=o]c, b[=e]ce, beech; because the ancient Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of beechen board. Cf. Beech.] 1. A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material, blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or writing. [1913 Webster] Note: When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed, the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a volume of some size, from a pamphlet. [1913 Webster] Note: It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music or a diagram of patterns. --Abbott. [1913 Webster] 2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise. [1913 Webster] A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, the tenth book of "Paradise Lost." [1913 Webster] 4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they got a subpoena to examine our books. Syn: ledger, leger, account book, book of account. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set. [1913 Webster +PJC] 6. (Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; -- used in preparing for a performance. Syn: script, playscript. [WordNet 1.5] 7. a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he bought a book of stamps. [WordNet 1.5] 8. a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook; -- used in the phrase one for the book or one for the books. Syn: record, recordbook. [PJC] 9. (Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance, such as typical performance or playing habits or methods, that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and outside. [PJC] 10. (Finance) same as book value. [PJC] 11. (Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders maintained by a stock market specialist. [PJC] 12. (Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio. [PJC] Note: Book is used adjectively or as a part of many compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook. [1913 Webster] Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a book. Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the creditor in his book of accounts. Book learning, learning acquired from books, as distinguished from practical knowledge. "Neither does it so much require book learning and scholarship, as good natural sense, to distinguish true and false." --Burnet. Book louse (Zool.), one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera. Book moth (Zool.), the name of several species of moths, the larv[ae] of which eat books. Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible. The Book of Books, the Bible. Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts, etc., may be transmitted by mail. Book scorpion (Zool.), one of the false scorpions (Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects. Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for retailing books. Canonical books. See Canonical. In one's books, in one's favor. "I was so much in his books, that at his decease he left me his lamp." --Addison. To bring to book. (a) To compel to give an account. (b) To compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it manifestly to book is impossible." --M. Arnold. by the book, according to standard procedures; using the correct or usual methods. cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent purposes. To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell. To make book (Horse Racing), to conduct a business of accepting or placing bets from others on horse races. To make a book (Horse Racing), to lay bets (recorded in a pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and loses only on the winning horse or horses. off the books, not recorded in the official financial records of a business; -- usually used of payments made in cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of employment benefits. one for the book, one for the books, something extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a remarkable accomplishment. To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness. to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing penalties for criminal acts. Without book. (a) By memory. (b) Without authority. to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field; -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an average expert, he wrote the book. [1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Candle \Can"dle\, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L. candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel, Kindle.] 1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and used to furnish light. [1913 Webster] How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the wicks in the melted tallow, etc. ("dipped candles"), or by casting or running in a mold. [1913 Webster] 2. That which gives light; a luminary. [1913 Webster] By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Candle nut, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; -- socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has many uses. Candle power (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp, or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard candle. Electric candle, A modification of the electric arc lamp, in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also, from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle. Excommunication by inch of candle, a form of excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to repent only while a candle burns. Not worth the candle, not worth the cost or trouble. Rush candle, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes, peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease. Sale by inch of candle, an auction in which persons are allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns out. Standard candle (Photom.), a special form of candle employed as a standard in photometric measurements; usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour. To curse by bell, book and candle. See under Bell. [1913 Webster]