can·​des·​cent kan-ˈde-sᵊnt How to pronounce candescent (audio)
: glowing or dazzling from or as if from great heat

Examples of candescent in a Sentence

the campers were transfixed by the candescent flames of their seashore fire

Word History


Latin candescent-, candescens, present participle of candescere, inchoative of candēre

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of candescent was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Candescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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