: 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)
: something resembling a candle in shape or use
- a sulfur candle for fumigating
: required effort, expense, or trouble
—usually used in the phrase not worth the candle
: 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.