Candle

Definition of Candle

Can´dle
n.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.
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.

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