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candle

[kan-dl] /ˈkæn dl/
noun
1.
a long, usually slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to give light.
2.
something resembling a candle in appearance or use.
3.
Optics.
  1. (formerly) candela.
  2. Also called international candle. a unit of luminous intensity, defined as a fraction of the luminous intensity of a group of 45 carbon-filament lamps: used from 1909 to 1948 as the international standard.
  3. a unit of luminous intensity, equal to the luminous intensity of a wax candle of standard specifications: used prior to 1909 as the international standard.
    Abbreviation: c., c.
verb (used with object), candled, candling.
4.
to examine (eggs) for freshness, fertility, etc., by holding them up to a bright light.
5.
to hold (a bottle of wine) in front of a lighted candle while decanting so as to detect sediment and prevent its being poured off with the wine.
Idioms
6.
burn the / one's candle at both ends. burn1 (def 54).
7.
hold a candle to, to compare favorably with (usually used in the negative):
She's smart, but she can't hold a candle to her sister.
8.
worth the candle, worth the trouble or effort involved (usually used in the negative):
Trying to win them over to your viewpoint is not worth the candle.
Origin of candle
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English candel < Latin candēla, equivalent to cand(ēre) to shine + -ēla deverbal noun suffix; see candid
Related forms
candler, noun
uncandled, adjective
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  • I wonder if Mr. candler knows what is going on to-day in England.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • If nothing is paid on it, withdraw the note and send it to me, so that candler can see the indorser of it.

  • But the chapter remained bare and comparatively uninteresting beside the accounts of actions which Mr. candler had witnessed.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • The only other reference in print, that I know of, to the fighting for Samarra is the chapter in Mr. candler's book.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • Here the candler, so expert in other points, is usually helpless.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • Mr. candler seems to suggest that my goal is something more than merely attaining justice on the Khilafat.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mr. candler has written, bitterly enough, of the way the Censorship impeded him in his work as official 'Eye-witness.'

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
  • Occasionally, when hens eat unusual quantities of green food, the yolk show a greenish brown tint, and appear dark to the candler.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for candler

candle

/ˈkændəl/
noun
1.
a cylindrical piece of wax, tallow, or other fatty substance surrounding a wick, which is burned to produce light
2.
(physics)
  1. See international candle
  2. 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)
verb
6.
(transitive) to examine (eggs) for freshness or the likelihood of being hatched by viewing them against a bright light
Derived Forms
candler, noun
Word Origin
Old English candel, from Latin candēla, from candēre to be white, glitter
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Word Origin and History for candler

candle

n.

Old English candel "lamp, lantern, candle," an early ecclesiastical borrowing from Latin candela "a light, torch, candle made of tallow or wax," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine, to shoot out light" (cf. Sanskrit cand- "to give light, shine," candra- "shining, glowing, moon;" Greek kandaros "coal;" Welsh cann "white;" Middle Irish condud "fuel").

Candles were unknown in ancient Greece (where oil lamps sufficed), but common from early times among Romans and Etruscans. Candles on birthday cakes seems to have been originally a German custom. To hold a candle to originally meant "to help in a subordinate capacity," from the notion of an assistant or apprentice holding a candle for light while the master works. To burn the candle at both ends is recorded from 1730.

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candler in Medicine

candle can·dle (kān'dl)
n.
See candela.

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candler in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with candler
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