Simple Definition of incandescent
: 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
Examples of incandescent in a sentence
<sitting in darkness, except for the incandescent coals of our campfire>
<a speaker incandescent with righteous anger over the treatment of the refugees>
Did You Know?
Incandescent came into the English language toward the end of the 18th century, at a time when scientific experiments involving heat and light were being conducted on an increasingly frequent basis. An object that glowed at a high temperature (such as a piece of coal) was "incandescent." By the mid-1800s, the incandescent lamp - a.k.a. the "lightbulb" - had been invented; it contains a filament which gives off light when heated by an electric current. "Incandescent" is the modern offspring of a much older parent, the Latin verb candēre, meaning "to glow." Centuries earlier, the word for another source of light, "candle," was also derived from "candēre."
Origin and Etymology 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
Definition of incandescent
: lightbulb a
First Known Use of incandescent
INCANDESCENT Defined for Kids
Definition of incandescent for Students
: white or glowing with great heat
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