- The definition of a candle is a mass of wax with a wick in the middle for burning.
An example of a candle is a pumpkin scented container of wax in a glass jar.
Three orange candles.
- a cylindrical mass of tallow or wax with a wick through its center, which gives light when burned
- anything like a candle in form or use
- until 1940, a standard unit of luminous intensity equal to a certain fraction of the candle power of a group of 45 carbon-filament lamps kept at the National Bureau of Standards; international candle
Origin of candleMiddle English and amp; Old English candel ; from Classical Latin candela, a light, torch ; from candere: see candescent
burn the candle at both ends
not hold a candle to
(a game) not worth the candle
- (a game) with stakes not sufficient to pay for the lights
- (a thing) not worth doing
- a. A solid, usually cylindrical mass of tallow, wax, or other fatty substance with an axially embedded wick that is burned to provide light.b. Something resembling this object in shape or use.
- Physics An obsolete unit of luminous intensity, originally defined in terms of a wax candle with standard composition, later in terms of a carbon-filament lamp, and superseded by the candela. Also called international candle.
transitive verbcan·dled, can·dling, can·dles
Origin of candleMiddle English candel, from Old English and from Anglo-Norman candele, both from Latin candēla, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
- A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
- The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.
- (forestry) A fast-growing, light-colored, upward-growing shoot on a pine tree in the spring. As growth slows in summer, the shoot darkens and is no longer conspicuous.
(third-person singular simple present candles, present participle candling, simple past and past participle candled)
- (embryology) To observe the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.
- (pottery) To dry greenware prior to beginning of the firing cycle, setting the kiln at 200° Celsius until all water is removed from the greenware.
- To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light source and the eye.
candle - Computer Definition
See candela. CAN-SPAM Act (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act) A law passed by the United States Congress in 2003, extending the ban on certain unsolicited marketing to e-mail. In 2005, that ban was extended to text messaging directed towards cellular phones and other mobile devices. See also do-not-call registry, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and text messaging.
(Candle Corporation, El Segundo, CA) A leading software company specializing in performance monitoring and systems availability tools for the mainframe environment that was acquired by IBM in 2004. It was founded in 1976 by Aubrey Chernick, who developed OMEGAMON, the first real-time performance monitor for MVS. Candle provided a wide variety of products for managing systems and applications, and in 1996, expanded into middleware.