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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sconce /ˈskɑn(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sconce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sconced p. pr. & vb. n. Sconcing.]
 1. To shut up in a sconce; to imprison; to insconce. [Obs.]
    Immure him, sconce him, barricade him in 't.   --Marston.
 2. To mulct; to fine. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sconce n.
 1. A fortification, or work for defense; a fort.
    No sconce or fortress of his raising was ever known either to have been forced, or yielded up, or quitted.   --Milton.
 2. A hut for protection and shelter; a stall.
    One that . . . must raise a sconce by the highway and sell switches.   --Beau. & Fl.
 3. A piece of armor for the head; headpiece; helmet.
    I must get a sconce for my head.   --Shak.
 4. Fig.: The head; the skull; also, brains; sense; discretion. [Colloq.]
    To knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel.   --Shak.
 5. A poll tax; a mulct or fine.
 6.  A protection for a light; a lantern or cased support for a candle; hence, a fixed hanging or projecting candlestick.
    Tapers put into lanterns or sconces of several-colored, oiled paper, that the wind might not annoy them.   --Evelyn.
    Golden sconces hang not on the walls.   --Dryden.
 7. Hence, the circular tube, with a brim, in a candlestick, into which the candle is inserted.
 8. Arch. A squinch.
 9. A fragment of a floe of ice.
 10.  A fixed seat or shelf. [Prov. Eng.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a candlestick with a flat side to be hung on the wall
      2: a forbidding stronghold [syn: redoubt]