candle (plural candles)
- A light source consisting of a wick embedded in a solid, flammable substance such as wax, tallow, or paraffin.
- The protruding, removable portion of a filter, particularly a water filter.
- (obsolete) A unit of luminous intensity, now replaced by the SI unit candela.
- (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.
- French: bougie, chandelle
- German: Kerze
- Italian: candela
- Portuguese: vela
- Russian: свеча́
- Spanish: vela, candela, cirio
candle (candles, present participle candling; past and past participle candled)
- (embryology, transitive) To observe the growth of an embryo inside (an egg), using a bright light source.
- (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.
- To check an item (such as an envelope) by holding it between a light source and the eye.