- running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.
- dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.
- softly bright or radiant: a lambent light.
Origin of lambent
Examples from the Web for lambent
A lambent spotlight shines on each individual in his portraits, reminding the world of their forgotten existence.Ghosts of the Sahara
April 9, 2011
Just as we were parting at the door, Helen turned full on me her great, lambent eyes.The Bacillus of Beauty
A sudden tremor seemed to shake the lambent flame that had lured him on.Flip: A California Romance
Venus flamed a lambent disk of pale saffron, low over the horizon.The Octopus
This time he might return, immaculate, from the path of that "lambent flamelet."Browning's Heroines
Ethel Colburn Mayne
Their eyes are luminous and lambent, but it is a melancholy light.
- (esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
- glowing with soft radiance
- (of wit or humour) light or brilliant
Word Origin and History for lambent
1640s, from figurative use of Latin lambentem (nominative lambens), present participle of lambere "to lick," from PIE root *lab-, indicative of smacking lips or licking (cf. Greek laptein "to sip, lick," Old English lapian "to lick, lap up, suck;" see lap (v.1)).