- (of light) produced by incandescence.
- glowing or white with heat.
- intensely bright; brilliant.
- brilliant; masterly; extraordinarily lucid: an incandescent masterpiece; incandescent wit.
- aglow with ardor, purpose, etc.: the incandescent vitality of youth.
Origin of incandescent
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Examples from the Web for incandescent
To that end, the budget postpones federal phase-out of incandescent electric bulbs.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
His bright idea turned out to be the incandescent light bulb, which he invented in 1880.From Edison to Jobs
The Daily Beast
September 25, 2014
They last far longer than incandescent bulbs and save enormous amounts of energy.The GOP’s Relentless Crusade to Save America From Commie Light Bulbs
January 17, 2014
The light of halogen lamps is slightly more “whiteish” than incandescent lamps.
Their dimming performance will rarely match that of an incandescent, but it is getting better as the technology improves.
I was then taken to visit his incandescent ovens and his vats in a state of ebullition.My Double Life
Their boat seemed to be sailing on the bosom of an incandescent stream.The Downfall
Then leaf by leaf it dropped its petals until only an incandescent core was left.Melomaniacs
When anything becomes hot enough to glow, we say it is incandescent.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Then heat the top of the bubble till it is incandescent and blow violently.On Laboratory Arts
- emitting light as a result of being heated to a high temperature; red-hot or white-hot
- informal extremely angry; raging
Word Origin and History for incandescent
1794, from French incandescent or directly from Latin incandescentem (nominative incandescens), present participle of incandescere "become warm, glow, kindle," from in- "within" (see in- (2)) + candescere "begin to glow, become white," inceptive of candere "to glow, to shine" (see candle).