|1.||a cylindrical piece of wax, tallow, or other fatty substance surrounding a wick, which is burned to produce light|
|a. See international candle|
|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.||informal not hold a candle to to be inferior or contemptible in comparison with: your dog doesn't hold a candle to mine|
|5.||informal not worth the candle not worth the price or trouble entailed (esp in the phrase the game's not worth the candle)|
|6.||(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]|
candle can·dle (kān'dl)
Heb. ner, Job 18:6; 29:3; Ps. 18:28; Prov. 24:20, in all which places the Revised Version and margin of Authorized Version have "lamp," by which the word is elsewhere frequently rendered. The Hebrew word denotes properly any kind of candle or lamp or torch. It is used as a figure of conscience (Prov. 20:27), of a Christian example (Matt. 5:14, 15), and of prosperity (Job 21:17; Prov. 13:9).
light source now mostly used for decorative and ceremonial purposes, consisting of wax, tallow, or similar slow-burning material, commonly in cylindrical form but made in many fanciful designs, enclosing and saturating a fibrous wick.
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