- (formerly) candela.
- 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.
- 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), can·dled, can·dling.
Origin of candle
Examples from the Web for candle
Contemporary Examples of candle
Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
This candle may just be the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a dear friend.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Taylor Swift in Your Life
November 29, 2014
And she said, “No, you are on fire,” and my arm had caught on fire from a candle on this mantelpiece.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
In the middle of the night at an airport someone told me they had lit a candle for me.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
His cigar had gone out; he relit it from the candle on our table, puffing great gray clouds of smoke.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of candle
When Tippy, in her bathrobe and with a candle, came down the dark hall to fumble at the door and let me in, I didn't say a word.Georgina's Service Stars
Annie Fellows Johnston
It was excusable, for the candle threw weird shadows around, which flitted about like phantoms playing at hide-and-seek.The Argosy
It was like the flame of a candle twisted and leaping in a breeze.Victor Ollnee's Discipline
She leaned over the lattice-work, snatched the candle, and ran in with it.Christ Legends
The candle was burning brightly and so was the fire, and he thought he was "getten on brave."The Wizard of West Penwith
William Bentinck Forfar
Word Origin for candle
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.
see burn the candle at both ends; game is not worth the candle; hold a candle to.