Word of the Day: incandescent

1in·can·des·cent adjective \-sənt\

: white or glowing because of great heat

: producing bright light when heated

: very impressive, successful, or intelligent

Full Definition of INCANDESCENT

a: white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat

b: strikingly bright, radiant, or clear

c: marked by brilliance especially of expression <incandescent wit>

d: characterized by glowing zeal : ardent <incandescent affection>

a: of, relating to, or being light produced by incandescence

b: producing light by incandescence

in·can·des·cent·ly adverb
  1. <sitting in darkness, except for the incandescent coals of our campfire>
  2. <a speaker incandescent with righteous anger over the treatment of the refugees>


probably from French, from Latin incandescent-, incandescens, present participle of incandescere to become hot, from in- + candescere to become hot, from candēre to glow — more at candid

First Known Use: 1794

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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