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

But the chaos of episode four doesn't hold a candle to next week's drama. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Blue Bloods' Sneak Peek Shows Eddie Janko Dealing with Some Reagan Family Drama," 19 Oct. 2018 Burning candles made with essential oils can also have the same room- and aura-cleansing benefits. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 For those who are still desk-bound, an LM002 candle will be available on Malin + Goetz this October. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "A New Fragrance Bottles Up the Scent of the French Riviera," 3 Sep. 2018 The company also sells aftershave, beard balm, pomade, lip balm and candles. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This natural deodorant made on a Wisconsin family farm sells for $7 a stick at Whole Foods," 19 June 2018 The candles will retail for $185 and will be available to purchase at select Louis Vuitton stores and online at Louis Vuitton, starting November 5. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Louis Vuitton Is Launching A Line Of Scented Candles, And Of Course They're Impossibly Chic," 25 Oct. 2018 Here, the air heated by the candle is less dense than the surrounding atmosphere. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 The candles are made with essential oils and soy wax, and contain no synthetic fragrance. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 And here is Morgan with her parents, and here's Morgan blowing out the candles. Fox News, "The life and legacy of Sen. John McCain," 28 Aug. 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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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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