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CANDLE, noun

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.

3. A light; a luminary. In scripture, the candle of the Lord is the divine favor and blessing, Job 29:3; or the conscience or understanding. Proverbs 20:27.

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.