incandescent

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

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

1
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>
2
a :  of, relating to, or being light produced by incandescence
b :  producing light by incandescence
in·can·des·cent·ly adverb

Examples of INCANDESCENT

  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>

Origin of INCANDESCENT

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

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2incandescent

noun

Definition of INCANDESCENT

:  lightbulb a

First Known Use of INCANDESCENT

1900

Other Electrical Engineering Terms

feedback, fuse, noise, resonance

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