Definition of candle in English:
1A cylinder or block of wax or tallow with a central wick that is lit to produce light as it burns.
- Light candles and burn oils to create a restful and tranquil environment.
- She produces a lighter and the single candle on the table flickers into life alongside the vase of white flowers
- Winstanley climbed up to the lantern and lit a dozen tallow candles.
1.1 (also international candle) Physics A unit of luminous intensity, superseded by the candela.
- The intensity of a 60-watt lamp is very nearly 60 candles.
- The unit of light intensity in the USA, England and France is the international candle.
- The abscissae give the brilliance measured in international candles per square millimetre.
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(Of a poultry breeder) test (an egg) for freshness or fertility by holding it to the light.
- He candled the eggs - checking them against a flame for defects - and took deliveries, but left grammar school with no wish to join the business.
- We found nests during incubation, and estimated the hatching date by candling eggs.
- Eggs were candled to determine incubation stage, and laying dates were calculated by backdating.
Old English candel, from Latin candela, from candere 'be white or glisten'.
be unable to hold a candle to
- informal Be not nearly as good as: nobody in the final could hold a candle to herMore example sentences
- At that time, Ric couldn't hold a candle to what they were doing.
- He dropped out of school at 16 because books couldn't hold a candle to golf and began studying visiting professionals.
- I'd return the favor but you know I couldn't hold a candle to you.
- Example sentences
- Eggs to be examined for hatching success were candled by using a portable candler at both the mid-stage and late-stage of parental incubation to determine embryo developmental stage and viability.
- An egg candler can be purchased, or a flashlight can be used.
- In previous studies of waterfowl, we used field candlers to age embryos in eggs because candlers are a rapid, simple, and accurate method.
Pronunciation: /ˈkandlər, -dl-ər/noun
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