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
4 : candela
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

The prices range from $10 for a candle to over $2,500 for an area rug. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Dropped a Brand-New Decor Collection at Anthropologie," 14 Feb. 2019 Just in time for Halloween, Bijou released a three-piece candle set in honor of all your favorite fictional witches. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018 There’s a colorful cake with his name and a candle. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 Luckily, a care package can really lift your spirits, especially if it's filled with these home-y items: A Candle This candle is perfect for anyone missing their hometown. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Care Package Items for Every Kind of College Student," 2 Aug. 2018 The video, presumably shot in her house in L.A., shows a dark room lit only by the dozens of candles on the ground and a giant neon pink heart in the distance. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Travis Scott Just Gave Kylie Jenner the Most INSANE Valentine's Day Gift," 13 Feb. 2019 The Haas Brothers created a set of towering, lumpy candles in 2015 that are like Goobers on steroids. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Inside the synagogue, the president reportedly lit a candle for each of the 11 victims, according to an NBC broadcast. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Following Synagogue Shooting, Trump's Visit to Pittsburgh Was Met With Protests," 30 Oct. 2018 The son lighted a candle and helped him out of the cave. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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More Definitions for candle

candle

noun

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
2 : candela

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