[ kan-des-uh nt ]
/ kænˈdɛs ənt /


glowing; incandescent.

Nearby words

  1. candela,
  2. candelabra,
  3. candelabrum,
  4. candelilla,
  5. candent,
  6. candescently,
  7. candia,
  8. candice,
  9. candicidin,
  10. candid

Origin of candescent

1815–25; < Latin candēscent- (stem of candescēns, present participle of candēscere to become bright), equivalent to cand- bright (see candid) + -ēscent- -escent

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Examples from the Web for candescent

  • Then he saw, pale and candescent in the blackness, three or four great lilies, the authors of that perfume.

    The Island Pharisees|John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for candescent


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rare glowing or starting to glow with heat
Derived Formscandescence, nouncandescently, adverb

Word Origin for candescent

C19: from Latin candescere, from candēre to be white, shine

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Word Origin and History for candescent



1824, from Latin candescentem (nominative candescens), present participle of candescere "to become white, begin to gleam," inchoative of candere "to shine, to glow" (see candle).

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