1. A long, but small cylindrical body of tallow, wax or spermaceti, formed on a wick composed of linen or cotton threads, twisted loosely; used for a portable light of domestic use.
2. A light.
Excommunication by inch of candle is when the offender is allowed time to repent, while a candle burns, and is then excommunicated.
Sale by inch of candle is an auction in which persons are allowed to bid, only till a small piece of candle burns out.
Medicated candle in medicine, a bougie.
Rush-candles are used in some countries; they are made of the pith of certain rushes, peeled except on one side, and dipped in grease.