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
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 Rather, what’s permanent is the pattern, an oddly abstract thing, like a candle flame (more evaporating carbon), or a river (water droplets never the same), or a mind for that matter (carbon again). Kc Cole, Wired, "Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning," 7 July 2020 Or like a candle visualization relaxation technique designed to counter the gender panic threatening meaningful interdisciplinarity. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, "The Rose," 6 July 2020 This natural, botanical room spray from Thistle Farms will give your home a nice fragrance immediately, without fussing with an oil diffuser or worrying about a candle catching the drapes on fire. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "16 popular self-care products under $30," 2 July 2020 The merchandise section is probably the most extensive in the county, with hats, beanies, flannels, flasks, candle holders and more. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, "Saarloos is the fun-loving winery you’ve always dreamed of," 23 June 2020 This basic citronella candle can be customized to match any outdoor ambiance. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Easy DIY Citronella Candle Will Keep Bugs Away All Summer Long," 5 June 2020 Take things to the next level by setting the stage: Fill your tub, light a tropical candle, and transform your powder room into a private island — where just you and your lover are stranded. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "These 4th Of July Sex Tips Are Explosive," 30 June 2020 No pre-whipped version can hold a candle to the results of whipping it yourself by hand or a machine, or even in a jar flavoring them. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "20 Desserts for Whipped Cream Fanatics," 26 June 2020 One of the simplest ways to infuse your home with calming aromas is to light a candle made with essentials oils. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Calming Scents to Help You Unwind When You're Stressed," 25 June 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Candle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/candle. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for candle

candle

noun
How to pronounce candle (audio)

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

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