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[kan-des-uh nt] /kænˈdɛs ənt/
glowing; incandescent.
Origin of candescent
1815-25; < Latin candēscent- (stem of candescēns, present participle of candēscere to become bright), equivalent to cand- bright (see candid) + -ēscent- -escent
Related forms
candescence, noun
candescently, adverb
noncandescence, noun
noncandescent, adjective
noncandescently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for candescent
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  • He became conscious of a candescent spot on the far side of the hearth, where the light fell on old Heythorp's thick white hair.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Then he saw, pale and candescent in the blackness, three or four great lilies, the authors of that perfume.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for candescent


(rare) glowing or starting to glow with heat
Derived Forms
candescence, noun
candescently, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin candescere, from candēre to be white, shine
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Word Origin and History for candescent

1824, from Latin candescentem (nominative candescens), present participle of candescere "to become white, begin to gleam," inchoative of candere "to shine, to glow" (see candle).

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