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candescent

[ kan-des-uhnt ]
/ kænˈdɛs ənt /
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adjective
glowing; incandescent.
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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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How to use candescent in a sentence

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

    The Island Pharisees|John Galsworthy
  • He became conscious of a candescent spot on the far side of the hearth, where the light fell on old Heythorp's thick white hair.

    Five Tales|John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for candescent

candescent
/ (kænˈdɛsənt) /

adjective
rare glowing or starting to glow with heat

Derived forms of candescent

candescence, nouncandescently, adverb

Word Origin for candescent

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