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[kan-duh nt]
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  1. glowing with heat; being at a white heat.

Origin of candent

1570–80; < Latin candent- (stem of candēns, present participle of candēre to be shining white), equivalent to cand- bright (see candid) + -ent- -ent
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Examples from the Web for candent

Historical Examples

  • It flameth white and candent like Camphire, but dissolveth not in aqua fortis, like it.

    The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 2 of 3)

    Thomas Browne

  • The low ceiling was fused where the day poured through, became a candent vapour, volatilised.

    The Sea and the Jungle

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • The canoe going downstream appeared to dissolve in candent vapour.

    The Sea and the Jungle

    H. M. Tomlinson

British Dictionary definitions for candent


  1. an archaic word for incandescent

Word Origin

C16: from Latin candēre to shine
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