candle

noun
can·dle | \ˈkan-dᵊl \
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, 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, ˈkan-dᵊl-ər \ noun

Examples of candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thousands of Poles took to the streets Tuesday night in noisy protests around the country, chanting, holding candles and waving flags. Natalia Ojewska, WSJ, "Polish Chief Justice Defies Government’s Supreme Court Overhaul," 4 July 2018 The teen died June 20 after being stabbed outside a bodega in the Belmont section, where the sidewalk is now covered by candles and flowers. CBS News, "Community holds prayer service, unveils mural for teen slain by gang," 2 July 2018 Oh, and did his own exorcisms with holy water, candles and sandwich bread. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Need a summer read? Check out these five by local authors," 28 June 2018 In the distance, many of the mountain peaks sported gleaming wind turbines like candles on a cake. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018 The firm’s scent director, Dawn Goldworm, will collaborate with the buyers on a one-of-a-kind scent that can be diffused through the unit’s HVAC system into the residence, or integrated into perfume or candles. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "$29 million condo in Sunny Isles Beach comes with its own custom 'scent identity'," 9 July 2018 On Friday night, several dozen people gathered at the high school to remember Ortiz, holding red and white balloons and lighting candles as a tribute to the teenager. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "Man confronted teenage neighbor over fireworks — then shot him to death, police say," 7 July 2018 On Friday night, several dozen people gathered at the high school to remember Ortiz, holding red and white balloons, and lighting candles as a tribute to the teenager. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "A man confronted a teenage neighbor over early morning fireworks — then shot him to death, police say," 7 July 2018 Box hedges in planters are focal points and a nighttime fantasy ambiance is achieved by candles on the tables and twinkle lights entwined along the trees. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso," 5 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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Phrases Related to candle

not worth the candle

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11 Oct 2018

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of candle 

1 : a medicated candle or lozenge used for fumigation

2 : candela

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