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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Definitions for calescent

  1. growing warm; increasing in heat.

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Citations for calescent
I've tested the misting fan’s potency in several clammy places, from subway stations to the congested, calescent queues at Disney World (where, on a stinking-hot day, I’d unwisely worn a boiler suit). Laura Bannister, "The Misting Fan That Kept Me Cool at Disney World," New York, June 12, 2017
Otis' earlier statements had been calm, but calescent anger foamed in him and was soon to explode. Arelo C. Sederberg, The Dynamite Conspiracy, 2001
Origin of calescent
1795-1805
The English adjective calescent comes directly from Latin calescent-, the inflectional stem of calescēns, the present participle of the verb calescere “to become warm or hot,” a verb derivative of calēre “to be warm or hot.” In Latin the element -sc- in the present tense has inceptive force (i.e., “I am beginning to x”); thus the present tense of noscere (also gnoscere) means “I get to know, I find out” and is the source of English recognize, cognition, and other words. Calescent entered English in the early 19th century.