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candle

noun can·dle \ ˈkan-dᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of candle

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

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Origin and Etymology of candle

Middle English candel, from Old English, from Latin candela, from candēre

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candle

verb

Definition of candle

candled; candling play \ˈkan(d)-liŋ, ˈkan-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

candler

play \ˈkan(d)-lər, ˈkan-dᵊl-ər\ noun

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First Known Use of candle

1879

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CANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

candle

noun

Definition of candle for English Language Learners

  • : wax that has been formed into a stick or another shape and has a string in the middle that can be burned


CANDLE Defined for Kids

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candle

noun can·dle \ ˈkan-dᵊl \

Definition of candle for Students

: a stick of tallow or wax containing a wick and burned to give light

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candle

verb

Definition of candle for Students

candled; candling
: to examine (an egg) by holding between the eye and a light

candler

noun

Medical Dictionary

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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