Definition of Candle

1. Noun. Stick of wax with a wick in the middle.

Exact synonyms: Taper, Wax Light
Terms within: Candlewick, Taper, Wick
Specialized synonyms: Chandlery, Dip, Rush Candle, Rushlight, Vigil Candle, Vigil Light
Generic synonyms: Lamp

2. Verb. Examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light.
Generic synonyms: Examine, See

3. Noun. 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.

Definition of Candle

1. n. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and used to furnish light.

Definition of Candle

1. Noun. A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin. ¹

2. Noun. The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela. ¹

4. Noun. (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 highlighted to one’s view. ¹

5. Verb. (embryology) To observe the growth of an embryo inside an egg, using a bright light source. ¹

6. Verb. (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. ¹

7. Verb. To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light souce and the eye. ¹

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Definition of Candle

1. to examine eggs in front of a light [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

Medical Definition of Candle

1. The SI unit of luminous intensity, 1 lumen per m2; the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian (solid angle). Synonym: candle. Abbreviation: cd Origin: L. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Candle

candied apple
candied citrus peel
candied fruit
candied fruits
candle (current term)
candle coal
candle flame
candle holder
candle in the wind
candle power
candle snuffer
candle snuffers
candle wax

Literary usage of Candle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"lowed the imaginations of their own hearts, and then the candle of the wicked went out, when they rebelled against his spirit, by which he enlightened them. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Likewise, all other lights in the church are put out, except the candle on the ... This candle is then taken from its place, and hidden behind the altar, ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"This mean intensity is called the mean spherical candle-power of the arc. If the distribution of the illuminating power is known and given by an ..."

4. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"Hydrogen, you know, comes from the candle, and oxygen, you believe, comes from the air. But then you have a right to ask me, " How is it that the air and ..."

5. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"For a standard of comparison, the sperm candle is convenient, satisfactory, ... For the determination of candle power, reference 'From "Gas Producers and ..."

6. Transactions by European Orthodontic Society, Lina Oswald, Northern Ohio Dental Society, Ossory Archaeological Society, Wentworth Historical Society, Society of Automobile Engineers (1911)
"360 PHOTOMETRIC TESTS in which the results are stated in candle-power should be made at such a distance from the source of light that the latter may be ..."

7. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1902)
"This gives us an efficiency of 3.6 watts per candle for the eight and ten-candle-power lamps and below four watts for the five-candle-power lamps. ..."

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