Definition of candle in English:

candle

Syllabification: can·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈkandl
 
/

noun

1A cylinder or block of wax or tallow with a central wick that is lit to produce light as it burns.
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
taper, votive (candle), pillar (candle), tea light
archaic glim
1.1 (also international candle) Physics A unit of luminous intensity, superseded by the candela.
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

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(Of a poultry breeder) test (an egg) for freshness or fertility by holding it to the light.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Old English candel, from Latin candela, from candere 'be white or glisten'.

Phrases

be unable to hold a candle to

informal Be not nearly as good as: nobody in the final could hold a candle to her
More 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.

Derivatives

candler

Pronunciation: /ˈkandlər, -dl-ər/
noun
More 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.

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