- (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
Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.
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|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the middle of the night at an airport someone told me they had lit a candle for me.
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|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Various
It was like the flame of a candle twisted and leaping in a breeze.Victor Ollnee's Discipline|Hamlin Garland
She leaned over the lattice-work, snatched the candle, and ran in with it.Christ Legends|Selma Lagerlf
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
British Dictionary definitions for candle
Word Origin for candle
Word Origin and History 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.
Medicine definitions for candle
Idioms and Phrases with candle
see burn the candle at both ends; game is not worth the candle; hold a candle to.