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

There's never been a better time to stock up on all your favorite candles, because the Bath & Body Works semi-annual sale is here. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Save Big On Candles At The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale," 28 Dec. 2018 Light fixtures, candles, cat beds, and planters with smooth, undulating, organic forms. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 German Christmas pyramids are also made of the material; they're decorated with figurines from a nativity scene, and a spinning roter at the top is fueled by the rising heat of burning candles, which are placed along the bottom. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 The store’s candles ($40) will be my go-to housewarming gift as long as there are friends in new apartments to sort-of willingly receive them. New York Times, "Breaking the Binary," 11 July 2018 In front of him were five tall candles, one for each victim. Jess Bidgood, BostonGlobe.com, "Annapolis mourns Capital Gazette shooting victims: ‘They were part of us’," 30 June 2018 The city was in mourning, with candles lit at the site of the attack, and the Christmas market was closed at least through Thursday, according to regional prefect Jean-Luc Marx. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large," 12 Dec. 2018 From 11/23 to 11/26—that's Black Friday through Cyber Monday for those who have their clocks set to IST (Internet Sales Time)—the candle will be available at diptyqueparis.com for $75. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Diptyque Is Launching an Exclusive Candle for Black Friday," 15 Nov. 2018 Taking a bath before bedtime is also one of my favorites, so seeing little bottles of bath salts or a candle is a nice touch. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maria Sharapova Answers 37 Questions About Travel," 27 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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