candles1) 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.