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

Held in El Badi Palace, a historic palace dating back to the 16th century, Dior lit up its runway with hundreds of floating candles, fire pits, and a surprise performance by Diana Ross after the show. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Jets to Marrakech for Resort 2020," 30 Apr. 2019 Shop home decor, blankets, aprons, candles, and more from the sites's lowest prices. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Mother's Day Deals of 2019 Are Happening Now," 3 Apr. 2019 Six miles from the park entrance is the Ashford Creek Gallery (ashfordcreekgallery.com) where owners Jana Gardiner and Rick Johnson sell pottery, cards, candles, glass and watercolors made by a dozen local artists. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Amazon's wide variety of deals on products like pillows, candles, diffusers, and more are the perfect gift to give yourself this holiday—or anytime, really. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "17 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Amazon for a Cleaner, Happier Home," 22 Nov. 2018 The fire is used to light a very large candle, a symbol of Jesus as the light of the world. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 According to History, the holiday’s next adaptation was Candlemas, a Christian tradition where the clergy would take their candles to the church to be blessed. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The Complete History of Groundhog Day," 18 Jan. 2019 That’s the pension reform: Its $15 billion in alleged annual savings—tiny compared with Russian spending on defense and aggression in Crimea—are a one-kopek candle that may leave the country in flames. Leon Aron, WSJ, "Russian Pensions and the Risk of War," 16 Oct. 2018 Turn off technology, light up a few candles, and focus on your intention by visualizing your desires. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 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 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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