Meaning of CANDLE in English

— candler , n.

/kan"dl/ , n. , v. , candled, candling .


1. a long, usually slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to give light.

2. something resembling a candle in appearance or use.

3. Optics.

a. (formerly) candela.

b. Also called international candle . a unit of luminous intensity, defined as a fraction of the luminous intensity of a group of 45 carbon-filament lamps: used from 1909 to 1948 as the international standard.

c. a unit of luminous intensity, equal to the luminous intensity of a wax candle of standard specifications: used prior to 1909 as the international standard. Abbr.: c., c

4. burn the candle at both ends . See burn (def. 43).

5. hold a candle to , to compare favorably with (usually used in the negative): She's smart, but she can't hold a candle to her sister.

6. worth the candle , worth the trouble or effort involved (usually used in the negative): Trying to win them over to your viewpoint is not worth the candle.


7. to examine (eggs) for freshness, fertility, etc., by holding them up to a bright light.

8. to hold (a bottle of wine) in front of a lighted candle while decanting so as to detect sediment and prevent its being poured off with the wine.

[ bef. 900; ME, OE candel candela, equiv. to cand ( ere ) to shine + -ela deverbal n. suffix; see CANDID ]

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