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 Bernier lights a candle at 8:46 a.m., the approximate time the first Boeing 767 hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Instinctively, when hundreds of insects grow to be thousands — each appearing to light the one next to it, like a candle being passed — the crowd stands. Leigh Ann Henion, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 The names of the deceased will be read and a candle lighted in their memory during the service. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 Everything else about Spencer feels as shaky as a candle in the wind. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2021 Along with handmade furniture and décor items, there will a few crafters as well as jewelry vendors, spice and candle vendors. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The best part of the company and this candle is the humanity behind it. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 The complex also was the site of a deadly fire on Sept. 25, 1975, caused by a candle left burning in a bedroom of an apartment. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2021 Homebodies and couples who appreciate a cozy night in will always be delighted with a candle. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 25 Aug. 2021 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, 14 Nov. 2019 All of your prayers and well wishes and candles got me through today. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 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, 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, 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

13 Sep 2021

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“Candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candle. Accessed 23 Sep. 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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