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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
  • All other installations shall be wired in the same manner as battery pack candescent fixtures.
  • At night the grounds and buildings will be brilliantly illuminated by hundreds of colored in candescent and arc lights.
  • It is an in candescent, consuming flame that dulls me sitting at your knees, cradled in your heart.
  • The structure will be wired for in candescent electric lights and gas fixtures will also be put in.
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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