[in-kuh n-des-uh ns]
Origin of incandescence
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Examples from the Web for incandescence
They fly closer to the sun than the rest of us, and there is an incandescence about them.‘Homeland’ and ‘Shameless’: Television Tackles Bipolar Disorder With Realism
April 10, 2012
Only the incandescence of the metal and the flame itself were visible.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
The garden where Nedda definitely was not present became bathed in incandescence.The Pirates of Ersatz
It is true of all metals which are capable of being heated to incandescence.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Did ever passion heat words to incandescence as it did those of Sappho?Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The light of incandescence is intense and white like that from metal at a white heat.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- the emission of light by a body as a consequence of raising its temperatureCompare luminescence
- the light produced by raising the temperature of a body
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Word Origin and History for incandescence
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The emission of visible light from a substance or object as a result of heating it to a high temperature. The color of the light emitted from solids and liquids is a function of their chemical structure and their temperature; the higher the temperature, the more intense and even the distribution of frequencies is (that is, higher temperatures create brighter and whiter light than lower temperatures). Compare fluorescence. See also blackbody radiation.
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