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 candling (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 candler (audio) , ˈkan-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of candle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Included are vegetables, artisan bread, eggs, pork, turkey, herbs, nuts, candles, metal items, baked goods, purses, wallets, rugs, maple syrup, caramel corn and more. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Summer fun is heating up with politics, bugs and the Bard: Valley Views," 29 June 2019 The jewelry is made by artisans in Costa Rica and El Salvador using scissors and candles, and then sold online and in retail stores. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remember that La Jolla bracelet company? Vera Bradley just paid $75M to grab a stake of Pura Vida," 21 June 2019 What's there: More than 35 vendors sell fresh produce and meat, cheese, baked goods, flowers, salsa, candles, cosmetics, spices and herbs. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Here's your 2019 guide to Indianapolis area farmers markets," 12 June 2019 On Ashley’s 21st birthday in November 2017, her family had a party with candles, cake, and a poster scrawled with heartsick entreaties to please come home. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 But, to be honest, none of those monikers can hold a candle to a new personal favorite: Toad Suck. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Local 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners announced," 13 June 2019 Obviously, right now the Spanish number one can't hold a candle to Martin Dubravka - the Slovakian had 11 clean sheets in the league for the Magpies last season, while De Gea only mustered seven (what a loser). SI.com, "Newcastle Takeover: Picking a Completely Realistic Magpies Starting XI Under Rafa Benitez," 5 June 2019 Without a flower or lit candle in sight, the romantic or quirky tablescapes of gala’s past had been reimagined. Kaitlyn Weiss, Vogue, "Inside BAM’s Otherworldy Gala Honoring Ethan Hawke and Walter Mosley," 16 May 2019 Despite being harder than styrofoam, polystyrene won't be able to hold a candle to the hardness of even your softer steels, and as such would require an absurd amount of maintenance to keep in cutting shape. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Yes, You Can Make a Knife Out of Styrofoam," 8 Apr. 2019

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 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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