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incandescent

[in-kuh n-des-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. (of light) produced by incandescence.
  2. glowing or white with heat.
  3. intensely bright; brilliant.
  4. brilliant; masterly; extraordinarily lucid: an incandescent masterpiece; incandescent wit.
  5. aglow with ardor, purpose, etc.: the incandescent vitality of youth.
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Origin of incandescent

1785–95; < Latin incandēscent- (stem of incandēscēns), present participle of incandēscere to glow. See in-2, candescent
Related formsin·can·des·cent·ly, adverbnon·in·can·des·cent, adjectivenon·in·can·des·cent·ly, adverb

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5. electrifying, brilliant, dynamic.
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incandescent

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

Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for incandescently

incandescent

adj.

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).

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