In the Oxford Universal Dictionary...
Posted by Stolzi on January 12, 1998 at 21:15:17:
In response to Snuffing, written by Margie on January 12, 1998 at 12:36:35
Trimming the wick was the original meaning of snuffing. At least, that's my understanding of the matter.
Yes, the OUD says "To pinch off the snuff..." which turns out to be, when you look it up, the half-burnt part of the wick.
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