candle
Pronunciation
  • (America, RP) IPA: /ˈkændəl/, /ˈkændl̩/
Noun

candle (plural candles)

  1. A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
  2. The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.
  3. (obsolete) A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.
  4. (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 conspicuous.
Translations Verb

candle (candles, present participle candling; past and past participle candled)

  1. (embryology, transitive) To observe the growth of an embryo inside (an egg), using a bright light source.
  2. (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.
  3. To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light source and the eye.



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