Candle meaning

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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.

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(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originally defined in terms of a wax candle with standard composition, later in terms of a carbon-filament lamp, and superseded by the candela.
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A cylindrical mass of tallow or wax with a wick through its center, which gives light when burned.
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Anything like a candle in form or use.
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To examine (an egg) for freshness or fertility by holding it before a bright light.
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To examine (eggs) for freshness, fertilization, etc. by placing in front of a light, originally that of a candle.
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(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.
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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.
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A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
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The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.
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(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.
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(embryology) To observe the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source.
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(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.
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To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light source and the eye.
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burn the candle at both ends
  • to work or, esp., play too much so that one's energy is dissipated
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not hold a candle to
  • to be not nearly so good as
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(a game) not worth the candle
  • (a thing) not worth doing
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

not hold a candle to
(a game) not worth the candle

Origin of candle

  • Middle English candel from Old English and from Anglo-Norman candele both from Latin candēla from candēre to shine kand- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English candel, from Latin candēla (“a candle”), from candeō (“I am white, bright, shining”); see candid.

    From Wiktionary