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Syllabification: can·des·cent
Pronunciation: /kanˈdesənt

Definition of candescent in English:


Glowing with, or as with, heat.
Example sentences
  • She turned up at the shoot casually dressed in trousers and a top: a little girl with pallid yet candescent skin and cocoa-brown eyes, who stands just 5ft 3in high.
  • If all candescent lights in China were replaced with energy-saving lights, 60 billion kilowatt hours of electricity could be saved every year.
  • We created our own fixtures that included fluorescent and candescent lights to create a softer environment.



Example sentences
  • It comes from the same Latin root that produces ‘candescence ‘and meant ‘brilliant whiteness‘.
  • Gem candescence is an optical quality that makes a gemstone look like a brilliant drop of liquid color.
  • The process comprises the step of first bringing a substrate to candescence in a reducing or inert atmosphere for the purpose of cleaning the filament.



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