candle

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A candle—a light source

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From Old English candel, from Latin candēla (a candle), from candeō (I am white, bright, shining); see candid.

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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.

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candle (third-person singular simple present candles, present participle candling, simple past and past participle candled)

  1. (embryology) 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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