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incandescent

[in-kuh n-des-uh nt] /ˌɪn kənˈdɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
(of light) produced by incandescence.
2.
glowing or white with heat.
3.
intensely bright; brilliant.
4.
brilliant; masterly; extraordinarily lucid:
an incandescent masterpiece; incandescent wit.
5.
aglow with ardor, purpose, etc.:
the incandescent vitality of youth.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin incandēscent- (stem of incandēscēns), present participle of incandēscere to glow. See in-2, candescent
Related forms
incandescently, adverb
nonincandescent, adjective
nonincandescently, adverb
Synonyms
5. electrifying, brilliant, dynamic.
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incandescent

/ˌɪnkænˈdɛsənt/
adjective
1.
emitting light as a result of being heated to a high temperature; red-hot or white-hot
2.
(informal) extremely angry; raging
Derived Forms
incandescently, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin incandescere to become hot, glow, from in-² + candescere to grow bright, from candēre to be white; see candid
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incandescent

adj.

1794, from French incandescent or directly from Latin incandescentem (nominative incandescens), present participle of incandescere "become warm, glow, kindle," from in- "within" (see in- (2)) + candescere "begin to glow, become white," inceptive of candere "to glow, to shine" (see candle).

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