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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originally defined in terms of a wax candle with standard composition, later in terms of a carbon-filament lamp, and superseded by the candela.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.
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Examining an object by holding it between the eye and a light source. See Egg candler.
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He said that he had undergone ear candling the week before.
Ear candling has been practiced for centuries as a folk remedy that purportedly removes cerumen and "ear toxins." A hollow wax candle is placed in the ear, and the end of the candle away from the external auditory canal is lit.