candle

noun
can·​dle | \ ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio) \
plural candles

Definition of candle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually molded or dipped mass of wax or tallow containing a wick that may be burned (as to give light, heat, or scent or for celebration or votive purposes)
2 : something resembling a candle in shape or use a sulfur candle for fumigating
3 : required effort, expense, or trouble usually used in the phrase not worth the candle
5 : a thin, upright new shoot forming from a terminal bud on a pine tree in the spring Pines grow from the branch tips, which elongate into "candles" in spring, then fatten into mature, needle-covered branches. To minimize pine growth, just pinch off the ends of the candles.— Jim McCausland et al.

candle

verb
candled; candling\ ˈkan(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce candling (audio) , ˈkan-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of candle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to examine by holding between the eye and a light especially : to test (eggs) in this way for staleness, blood clots, fertility, and growth

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Other Words from candle

Verb

candler \ ˈkan(d)-​lər How to pronounce candler (audio) , ˈkan-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cherubs held candles before him, kneeling at this final feast before torturing burglars. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Craving mac and cheese? Try our 7 favorites at these Dallas-area restaurants," 15 May 2020 On Friday, when churches and community halls would normally be full, when neighbors would be walking together holding candles or drinking coffee at one another’s kitchen tables, grief and mourning will be expressed in a virtual vigil over Facebook. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "After shooting, Nova Scotia finds ways to grieve under lockdown," 24 Apr. 2020 Conventional games are more immersive than ever, but many still don’t hold a candle to VR. Popular Science, "Three game-altering Playstation accessories," 22 Apr. 2020 People chanted prayers along with a slate of Buddhist priests leading funeral rites, holding candles in one hand and with the other, pointing to the sky, a gesture Buddhists believe directs souls to heaven. Washington Post, "Families of Thai shooting victims wait for answers, bodies," 10 Feb. 2020 During the ceremony, the flame was passed to observers who held candles. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Peace Light ceremony celebrates unity with 1,000-year-old flame," 10 Jan. 2020 But lukewarm early reviews of the $4.99 monthly service and a small content library suggest Apple does not hold a candle to entertainment powerhouses like Disney, HBO or Netflix. CBS News, "Apple selling more services and wearables, but fewer smartphones," 30 Oct. 2019 Even within this pantheon of paradigm-shifting style moments—the stuff of swan dresses, princess pink gowns, and Cher’s midriff—nothing can really hold a candle to Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the 2000 Grammy Awards. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It Was Just One of Those Perfect Moments”: Watch Jennifer Lopez Tell the Story of Her Green Versace Dress," 21 Sep. 2019 But his tickets don’t hold a candle to what the Nebraska-CU Buffs game Saturday at Folsom Field is bringing on the secondary ticket market. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Ralphie 1, Justin Timberlake 0: How CU-Nebraska became one of the hottest tickets of 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Used to check on the general overall health of the egg, candling shines a bright light (not a candle) through the bottom of the egg. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Thanksgiving is around the corner!," 14 Nov. 2019 All of your prayers and well wishes and candles got me through today. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "P!nk Tweets About Super Bowl 2018 Performance: 'Thank You for the Love'," 4 Feb. 2018 Going through thousands of profiles is like candling eggs — so many inspections to make: Age, race, religion, height and weight appropriate? Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "'Matchmaker, matchmaker': My online dating life," 10 Aug. 2017 Her father hired me during the Easter rush to work with Sharlene gathering, cleaning and candling eggs. Janet Sheridan, The Denver Post, "A lifetime of chickens as pets, food and summer jobs," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of candle

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candle

Noun

Middle English candel, from Old English, from Latin candela, from candēre

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Time Traveler for candle

Time Traveler

The first known use of candle was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candle. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for candle

candle

noun
How to pronounce candle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of candle

: wax that has been formed into a stick or another shape and has a string in the middle that can be burned

candle

noun
can·​dle | \ ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio) \

Kids Definition of candle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stick of tallow or wax containing a wick and burned to give light

candle

verb
candled; candling

Kids Definition of candle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to examine (an egg) by holding between the eye and a light

Other Words from candle

candler noun

candle

noun
can·​dle | \ ˈkan-dᵊl How to pronounce candle (audio) \

Medical Definition of candle

1 : a medicated candle or lozenge used for fumigation

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