[syn: candle, candela, cd, standard candle]
1. examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Candle \Can"dle\, n. [OE. candel, candel, AS, candel, fr. L.
candela a (white) light made of wax or tallow, fr. cand["e]re
to be white. See Candid, and cf. Chandler, Cannel,
1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick
composed of loosely twisted linen of cotton threads, and
used to furnish light.
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world. --Shak.
Note: Candles are usually made by repeatedly dipping the
wicks in the melted tallow, etc. ("dipped candles"), or
by casting or running in a mold.
2. That which gives light; a luminary.
By these blessed candles of the night. --Shak.
Candle nut, the fruit of a euphorbiaceous shrub (Aleurites
triloba), a native of some of the Pacific islands; --
socalled because, when dry, it will burn with a bright
flame, and is used by the natives as a candle. The oil has
Candle power (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp,
or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard
Electric candle, A modification of the electric arc lamp,
in which the carbon rods, instead of being placed end to
end, are arranged side by side, and at a distance suitable
for the formation of the arc at the tip; -- called also,
from the name of the inventor, Jablockoff candle.
Excommunication by inch of candle, a form of
excommunication in which the offender is allowed time to
repent only while a candle burns.
Not worth the candle, not worth the cost or trouble.
Rush candle, a candle made of the pith of certain rushes,
peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.
Sale by inch of candle, an auction in which persons are
allowed to bid only till a small piece of candle burns
Standard candle (Photom.), a special form of candle
employed as a standard in photometric measurements;
usually, a candle of spermaceti so constructed as to burn
at the rate of 120 grains, or 7.8 grams, per hour.
To curse by bell, book and candle. See under Bell.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: stick of wax with a wick in the middle [syn: candle,
taper, wax light]
2: 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 [syn: candle,
candela, cd, standard candle]
v 1: examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "candle":
ASA scale, Agnus Dei, British candle, Hefner candle, Holy Grail,
Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, Scheiner scale, ark, asperger,
asperges, aspergillum, bambino, bayberry candle, beadroll, beads,
bougie, bougie decimale, candle lumen, candle power, candle-foot,
candle-hour, candle-meter, censer, chaplet, ciborium,
corpse candle, cross, crucifix, cruet, decimal candle, dip,
electric light bulb, eucharistial, exposure meter, farthing dip,
fire, flame, flux, holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler,
icon, illuminant, illuminator, incandescent body, incensory,
intensity, international candle, lamp, lamp-hour, lantern, light,
light bulb, light meter, light quantum, light source, lumen,
lumen meter, lumen-hour, lumeter, luminant, luminary,
luminous flux, luminous intensity, luminous power, lux, match,
matzo, menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, moon, osculatory,
ostensorium, paschal candle, pax, photon, phylacteries,
prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx, quantum, relics, rood, rosary,
rush candle, rushlight, sacramental, sacred relics, sacring bell,
shofar, source of light, stars, sukkah, sun, tabernacle, tallith,
tallow candle, tallow dip, taper, thurible, torch, unit of flux,
unit of light, urceole, veronica, vigil light, votary candle,
votive candle, wax candle
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
Part of the Scorpion environment development system.
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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).