[ in-kuhn-des-uhnt ]
/ ˌɪn kənˈdɛs ənt /


(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.

Nearby words

  1. incaic,
  2. incalculable,
  3. incalescent,
  4. incandesce,
  5. incandescence,
  6. incandescent lamp,
  7. incantation,
  8. incantatory,
  9. incapable,
  10. incapacitant

Origin of incandescent

1785–95; < Latin incandēscent- (stem of incandēscēns), present participle of incandēscere to glow. See in-2, candescent

SYNONYMS FOR incandescent
5. electrifying, brilliant, dynamic.

Related formsin·can·des·cent·ly, adverbnon·in·can·des·cent, adjectivenon·in·can·des·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incandescent


/ (ˌɪnkænˈdɛsənt) /


emitting light as a result of being heated to a high temperature; red-hot or white-hot
informal extremely angry; raging
Derived Formsincandescently, adverb

Word Origin for incandescent

C18: from Latin incandescere to become hot, glow, from in- ² + candescere to grow bright, from candēre to be white; see candid

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