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 candle (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 candle (audio) , ˈkan-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These videos show creators pumping glittery goo into squeeze tubes, swirling strawberries into dyed and melted chocolate, sprinkling themed confetti into a cellophane bag, and creasing paper around the end of a homemade candle. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Small Businesses Are Thriving On Social Media & That’s Making People Mad," 22 Apr. 2021 They've been known to time their trims to full moons, and practice velaterapia (a popular local tradition that involves running the flame of a candle along the length of the hair to burn off split ends). Michella Oré, Allure, "4 Brazilian Beauty Brands That Should Be on Your Radar," 21 Apr. 2021 The pastor began by lighting a candle, reading passages of scripture and offering a prayer for Daunte Wright, his family and our community. Laura Kadwell, Star Tribune, "We must 'see color' and the humanity behind it," 13 Apr. 2021 International mail frequently is inspected at a port of entry and when the package arrived at one in Cincinnati, officers noticed inconsistencies in the density of the candle, according to Customs officials. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "A deadly trick: Mexican cartels sneak meth into US in candles shaped like penises, pharaohs," 31 Mar. 2021 Gather your blankets, light a candle, and queue up your favorite TV show. Team Basically, Bon Appétit, "25 Easy Soup Recipes For When You Need a Hot Soup Facial, Stat," 27 Mar. 2021 Season four through seven of New Girl don’t really hold a candle to the beginning of the series, but one of the few highlights is that Winston finally gets a weighty narrative of his own. Allison Jiang, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of New Girl," 25 Feb. 2021 Portland parents agree: Distance learning doesn’t hold a candle to the traditional classroom experience. oregonlive, "As Portland parents watch for new school reopening guidelines, some push for relaxed rules while others say ‘not so fast’," 18 Jan. 2021 After that, hold the candle upright and start twisting to get the final look. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk's Easy DIY Taper Candle Tutorial Is Martha Stewart-Approved," 23 Dec. 2020 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

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

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Last Updated

4 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candle. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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