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can·dle

 (kăn′dl)
n.
1.
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.
2. 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originally defined in terms of a wax candle with standard composition, later in terms of a carbon-filament lamp, and superseded by the candela.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.
tr.v. can·dled, can·dling, can·dles
To examine (an egg) for freshness or fertility by holding it before a bright light.

[Middle English candel, from Old English and from Anglo-Norman candele, both from Latin candēla, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.]

can′dler n.

candle

(ˈkændəl)
n
1. a cylindrical piece of wax, tallow, or other fatty substance surrounding a wick, which is burned to produce light
2. (Units) physics
b. another name for candela
3. burn the candle at both ends to exhaust oneself, esp by being up late and getting up early to work
4. not hold a candle to informal to be inferior or contemptible in comparison with: your dog doesn't hold a candle to mine.
5. not worth the candle informal not worth the price or trouble entailed (esp in the phrase the game's not worth the candle)
vb
(Agriculture) (tr) to examine (eggs) for freshness or the likelihood of being hatched by viewing them against a bright light
[Old English candel, from Latin candēla, from candēre to be white, glitter]
ˈcandler n

can•dle

(ˈkæn dl)

n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. a long, usu. slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to give light.
2. something resembling this in appearance or use.
3. any of various former international standard units of luminous intensity. Abbr.: c., c Compare candela.
v.t.
4. to examine (eggs) for freshness, fertility, etc., by holding them up to a bright light.
Idioms:
1. hold a candle to, to compare favorably with (usu. in the negative).
2. worth the candle, worth the effort involved (usu. in the negative).
[before 900; Middle English, Old English candel < Latin candēla, derivative of candēre to shine]
can′dler, n.

candle


Past participle: candled
Gerund: candling

Imperative
candle
candle
Present
I candle
you candle
he/she/it candles
we candle
you candle
they candle
Preterite
I candled
you candled
he/she/it candled
we candled
you candled
they candled
Present Continuous
I am candling
you are candling
he/she/it is candling
we are candling
you are candling
they are candling
Present Perfect
I have candled
you have candled
he/she/it has candled
we have candled
you have candled
they have candled
Past Continuous
I was candling
you were candling
he/she/it was candling
we were candling
you were candling
they were candling
Past Perfect
I had candled
you had candled
he/she/it had candled
we had candled
you had candled
they had candled
Future
I will candle
you will candle
he/she/it will candle
we will candle
you will candle
they will candle
Future Perfect
I will have candled
you will have candled
he/she/it will have candled
we will have candled
you will have candled
they will have candled
Future Continuous
I will be candling
you will be candling
he/she/it will be candling
we will be candling
you will be candling
they will be candling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been candling
you have been candling
he/she/it has been candling
we have been candling
you have been candling
they have been candling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been candling
you will have been candling
he/she/it will have been candling
we will have been candling
you will have been candling
they will have been candling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been candling
you had been candling
he/she/it had been candling
we had been candling
you had been candling
they had been candling
Conditional
I would candle
you would candle
he/she/it would candle
we would candle
you would candle
they would candle
Past Conditional
I would have candled
you would have candled
he/she/it would have candled
we would have candled
you would have candled
they would have candled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.candle - stick of wax with a wick in the middlecandle - stick of wax with a wick in the middle
candlewick - the wick of a candle
chandlery - candles and other commodities sold by a chandler
dip - a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
lamp - an artificial source of visible illumination
rush candle, rushlight - a tallow candle with a rush stem as the wick
vigil candle, vigil light - a candle lighted by a worshiper in a church
wick, taper - a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
2.candle - the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin
candlepower unit, luminous intensity unit - a measure of luminous intensity
Verb1.candle - examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light
examine, see - observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect; "The customs agent examined the baggage"; "I must see your passport before you can enter the country"
Translations
شَمْعَةشَمْعَه
свещ
svíčkasvíce
lysstearinlys
شمع
kynttilä
svijeća
gyertya
lilin
kerti
ろうそく
양초
candela
žvakėžvakės/žvakių šviesažvakidė
svece
sveča
stearinljus
เทียน
nến

candle

[ˈkændl]
A. Nvela f, candela f; (in church) → cirio m
to hold a candle to sb you can't hold a candle to himno le llegas ni a la suela de los zapatos
it's not worth the candleno merece or vale la pena
see also burn 1 B1
B. CPD candle end Ncabo m de vela
candle grease Ncera f derretida
candle holder N = candlestick

candle

[ˈkændəl] n (wax)bougie f; (tallow)chandelle f; (in church)cierge m
to burn the candle at both ends → brûler la chandelle par les deux bouts
he can't hold a candle to you → il ne vous arrive pas à la cheville
the game is not worth the candle (old-fashioned)le jeu n'en vaut pas la chandellecandle holder candle-holder nporte-bougie m

candle

nKerze f; to burn the candle at both endsmit seinen Kräften Raubbau treiben; he can’t hold a candle to his brotherer kann seinem Bruder nicht das Wasser reichen; the game is not worth the candledas ist nicht der Mühe wert

candle

in cpdsKerzen-;
candle end
candle grease
nKerzenwachs nt
candlelight
nKerzenlicht nt, → Kerzenschein m; by candleim Kerzenschein, bei Kerzenlicht; a candle dinnerein Candlelight-Dinner nt, → ein Essen ntbei Kerzenlicht

candle

:
candlepower
n (old Elec) → Lichtstärke f
candlestick
nKerzenhalter m
candlewick
n
Kerzendocht m
(Tex) → Frottierplüschmuster nt
attr bedspreadim Frottierplüschmuster

candle

[ˈkændl] ncandela; (in church) → cero

candle

(ˈkӕndl) noun
a moulded piece of wax with a wick in the centre, for giving light. We had to use candles when the electric lights went out.
ˈcandle-light noun
the light from a candle. We had dinner by candle-light.
ˈcandlestick noun
a holder for a candle.

candle

شَمْعَة svíčka stearinlys Kerze κερί vela kynttilä bougie svijeća candela ろうそく 양초 kaars stearinlys świeca vela свеча stearinljus เทียน mum nến 蜡烛
References in classic literature ?
If I only had a classical nose and mouth I should be perfectly happy," she said, surveying herself with a critical eye and a candle in each hand.
There was a candle on the dressing table by the door and Doctor Reefy sat in a chair by the bed.
Fuchs got out the old candle-moulds and made tallow candles.
Blowing out the candle, which her husband had left burning, she slipped her bare feet into a pair of satin mules at the foot of the bed and went out on the porch, where she sat down in the wicker chair and began to rock gently to and fro.
At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candle light, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars
Then, with all the marks of a deliberation that must have seemed magnificent had there been anyone to admire it, I laid down my book, rose to my feet, and, taking a candle, went straight out of the room and, from the passage, on which my light made little impression, noiselessly closed and locked the door.
Blocks of blackness, not houses, on either hand, and here and there a candle, like a candle moving about in a tomb.
As it was half dark up above, perhaps one of the others had best go up first with a candle.
And suiting the action to the word, the door flew open, and the light of the tallow candle, which Tom had hastily lighted, fell on the haggard face and dark, wild eyes of the fugitive.
Then had followed the news that the producer of this awful event was a stranger, a mighty magician at Arthur's court; that he could have blown out the sun like a candle, and was just going to do it when his mercy was purchased, and he then dissolved his enchantments, and was now recognized and honored as the man who had by his unaided might saved the globe from destruction and its peoples from extinction.
X pranced in, in his long night-garment, with a candle, young Z after him with another candle; a procession swept in at another door, with candles and lanterns--landlord and two German guests in their nightgowns and a chambermaid in hers.
I went up to my room with a piece of candle, and put it on the table.