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candle


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  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 
  many  uses. 
 
  {Candle  power}  (Photom.),  illuminating  power,  as  of  a  lamp, 
  or  gas  flame,  reckoned  in  terms  of  the  light  of  a  standard 
  candle. 
 
  {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 
  out 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  candle 
  n  1:  stick  of  wax  with  a  wick  in  the  middle  [syn:  {taper},  {wax 
  light}] 
  2:  the  basic  unit  of  luminous  intensity  adopted  under  the 
  System  International  d'Unites;  equal  to  1/60  of  the 
  luminous  intensity  per  square  centimeter  of  a  blackbody 
  radiating  at  the  temperature  of  2,046  degrees  Kelvin  [syn: 
  {candela},  {cd},  {standard  candle}] 
  v  :  examine  eggs  for  freshness  by  holding  them  against  a  light 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Candle 
 
  Part  of  the  {Scorpion}  environment  development  system. 
 
  (1994-11-09) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Candle 
  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). 
 




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