[ in-kuhn-des ]
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verb (used with or without object),in·can·desced, in·can·desc·ing.
  1. to glow or cause to glow with heat.

Origin of incandesce

First recorded in1870–75; back formation from incandescent

Words Nearby incandesce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incandesce in a sentence

  • And then the stars, grand lighthouses of the Heavens, in their turn incandesce.

    Astronomy for Amateurs | Camille Flammarion
  • The molecules incandesce, and burn like true stars with a brilliancy that is often magnificent.

    Astronomy for Amateurs | Camille Flammarion

British Dictionary definitions for incandesce


/ (ˌɪnkænˈdɛs) /

  1. (intr) to exhibit incandescence

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