candle

[[t]kæ̱nd(ə)l[/t]]
candles
1) N-COUNT A candle is a stick of hard wax with a piece of string called a wick through the middle. You light the wick in order to give a steady flame that provides light.

The bedroom was lit by a single candle.

2) PHRASE: V inflects If you burn the candle at both ends, you try to do too many things in too short a period of time so that you have to stay up very late at night and get up very early in the morning to get them done.
3) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that one person or thing can't hold a candle to another, you meant that the first person or thing is not nearly as good as the second.

Girls today can't hold a candle to the beauties of the Fifties.

4) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that the game is not worth the candle, you mean that something is not worth the trouble or effort needed to achieve or obtain it. [OLD-FASHIONED]

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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}, {Kindle}.] 1. A slender, cylindrical body of tallow, containing a wick… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • candle — or candela or new candle or international candle [kan′dəl] n. [ME & OE candel < L candela, a light, torch < candere: see CANDESCENT] 1. a cylindrical mass of tallow or wax with a wick through its center, which gives light when burned 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • CANDLE — (Center for the Advancement of Natural Discoveries using Light Emission) проект источника синхротронного излучения третьего поколения в Ереване, Армения. Содержание 1 Предпосылки 2 Описание 3 …   Википедия

  • candle — O.E. candel lamp, lantern, candle, an early ecclesiastical borrowing from L. 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. Skt. cand to give light,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • candle — ► NOUN ▪ a stick or block of wax or tallow with a central wick which is lit to produce light as it burns. ● be unable to hold a candle to Cf. ↑be unable to hold a candle to ● not worth the candle Cf. ↑not worth the candle ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • Candle — (Kändl), engl. Name einer sehr guten Art Steinkohle …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Candle — For other uses, see Candle (disambiguation). A close up image of a burning candle showing the wick and the various parts of the flame …   Wikipedia

  • candle — Synonyms and related words: 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… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • candle — candler, n. /kan dl/, n., v., candled, candling. n. 1. a long, usually slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick that is burned to give light. 2. something resembling a candle in appearance or use. 3. Optics. a. (formerly) candela. b.… …   Universalium

  • candle — n. 1) to dip candles 2) to light a candle 3) to blow out, extinguish, snuff out a candle 4) the candle was burning; was flickering; was going out; was sputtering 5) a wax candle 6) the flame of a candle 7) (misc.) to bum the candle at both ends ( …   Combinatory dictionary

  • candle — /ˈkændl / (say kandl) noun 1. a long, usually slender, piece of tallow, wax, etc., with an embedded wick, burnt to give light. 2. something like this in appearance or use. 3. international candle, a unit of luminous intensity established by… …   Australian English dictionary

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