Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "candle" []

  • A solid, usually cylindrical mass of tallow, wax, or other fatty substance with an axially embedded wick that is burned to provide light. (noun)
  • Something resembling this object in shape or use. (noun)
  • Physics An obsolete unit of luminous intensity, originally defined in terms of a wax candle with standard composition and equal to 1.02 candelas. Also called international candle. (noun)
  • Physics See candela. (noun)
  • To examine (an egg) for freshness or fertility by holding it before a bright light. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "candle" in a sentence
  • "Suppose I take a taper or candle (we can now be liberal in our use of the word “candle, ” since we understand what it means), and place it in one of the tubes; it will go on, you see, burning very well."
  • "In the school, no time in the year, they shall use tallow candle, in no wise, but _only wax candle_, at the costs of their friends."
  • "_] We must put out the whole world as I put out this candle [_he puts out candle_]; we must put out the light of the stars and the light of the sun and the light of the moon [_he puts out the remaining candles and comes down to where the others are_], till we have brought everything to nothing once again."