[ 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.

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 forms

in·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

Examples from the Web for incandescently

  • Now that we know Updike is dead, we will start to remember how incandescently and uniquely he was alive, just a short “while ago.”

    Writing Off Updike|Lee Siegel|February 1, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for incandescently


/ (ˌɪnkænˈdɛsənt) /


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

Derived Forms

incandescently, 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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