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incandescent

Line breaks: in¦can|des¦cent
Pronunciation: /ɪnkanˈdɛs(ə)nt
 
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Definition of incandescent in English:

adjective

1Emitting light as a result of being heated: plumes of incandescent liquid rock
More example sentences
  • He was thinking about the spectrum of hydrogen, that is to say the set of separated coloured lines that are found when light from the incandescent gas is split up by being passed through a prism.
  • He stared into that liquid, incandescent heart, and then flinched, despite all he could do, as a huge, fan-shaped billow of flame and sparks erupted from another vast piece of machinery.
  • And the rising sun met the falling star and flashed into coruscant life, a roaring tide of fiery might that batted away cold beams and sent an incandescent lance of godly light in retaliation.
Synonyms
white-hot, intensely hot, red-hot, burning, fiery, on fire, blazing, ablaze, aflame;
informal glowy
literary fervid, fervent, ardent, rutilant, lucent, candescent
1.1(Of an electric light) containing a filament which glows white-hot when heated by a current passed through it: an incandescent lamp
More example sentences
  • These use about 75% less energy than incandescent lamps, and emit 90% less heat for the same amount of light.
  • At only 23 watts, the bulb emits as much illumination as a 100-watt incandescent bulb, making it energy efficient as it neutralizes smoke and odors.
  • In addition, the inconsistent mix of fluorescent and incandescent light sources throughout the hospital required continuous and costly maintenance.
2Full of strong emotion; passionate: she felt an incandescent love for life
More example sentences
  • At the time, the brightest working-class boys often entered clerkdom, one of the few professions then open to them, and they often brought to their office an incandescent intellectual passion.
  • Buchner relies instead on an incandescent emotional realism which welds together the impressionistic nature of the play's structure and argument.
  • Rustic, nakedly beautiful and breathless, part Fahey as it dustily scratches away at your resistance until you can do nothing but succumb to its incandescent inner passion.
2.1Extremely angry: I am incandescent at the way I’ve been treated
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  • ‘Yes, I was angry, even incandescent with rage,’ he said.
  • Dolly was close to incandescent in her outrage, and swore at me in a most unladylike manner.
  • My members are incandescent with rage over the present system, so what replaces it must be right this time. There's no room for any more botch-ups.
Synonyms
furious, enraged, raging, very angry, incensed, seething, infuriated, fuming, boiling, inflamed, irate, wrathful, in a temper, beside oneself;
in high dudgeon, indignant, outraged
North American informal bent out of shape, soreheaded
Australian/New Zealand informal ropeable, snaky, crook
West Indian informal vex
British informal , dated in a bate
literary ireful, wroth

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Latin incandescent- 'glowing', from the verb incandescere, from in- (expressing intensive force) + candescere 'become white' (from candidus 'white').

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  • This comes via French, from Latin incandescere ‘glow’, based on candidus ‘white’ ( see candidate). The prefix in- here intensifies the meaning. The incense (Middle English) that you burn comes from the related candere ‘to glow’, while the word meaning ‘to inflame with anger’ comes from the related incendere ‘set fire to’ also found in incendiary (Late Middle English).

Derivatives

incandescence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Sconces on the wall brightened, then erupted into searing incandescence that glittered on gold and shining jewels.
  • The glow touched the roses in the front yard, its silvery incandescence casting light into the shadowed bushes.
  • And when he sometimes thinks he has found the right idea, he perceives that a drop of indescribable incandescence has fallen into the world, with a glow that makes the whole earth look different.

incandescently

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Her hair was tousled cutely around her face, and the darkness illuminated her eyes incandescently, as if he were staring into the eyes of an angel.
  • The stars were twinkling incandescently in the vast expanse of inky black sky overhead, a sight that we could rarely witness in the city.
  • The darkness of the ink pierced into my eyes like it was incandescently glowing with blackness and burning into my soul.

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