[ 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.
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Origin of incandescent
OTHER WORDS FROM incandescentin·can·des·cent·ly, adverbnon·in·can·des·cent, adjectivenon·in·can·des·cent·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for incandescent
Now that we know Updike is dead, we will start to remember how incandescently and uniquely he was alive, just a short “while ago.”
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 forms of incandescentincandescently, 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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