in·​can·​des·​cence | \ ˌin-kən-ˈde-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce incandescence (audio) also -(ˌ)kan- \

Definition of incandescence

: the quality or state of being incandescent especially : emission by a hot body of radiation that makes it visible

Examples of incandescence in a Sentence

candles made from whale oil were once highly prized because they burned with an incandescence superior to that of other candles
Recent Examples on the Web The performances reached lofty heights, technically and interpretively, with the final one in particular conveying an incandescence seldom heard in the concert hall. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 31 May 2022 One marvels at the dead father’s incandescence, the widow’s frankness and courage, the survivor’s taciturnity and inner turmoil. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2022 David bathes the condemned philosopher in incandescence, left hand raised in salute as his right reaches for the cup of hemlock; his students and friends turn away, distraught, some weeping in disbelief. Hamilton Cain, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 Its incandescence was inspired by the works of Dan Flavin and James Turrell, installation artists who work in abstractions of color and light; Obé is actually an acronym for Our Body Electric, a Walt Whitman reference. Brennan Kilban, Allure, 27 July 2021 Then Drew Barrymore showed up, and the entire movie seemed to reshape itself, as though energized by her incandescence. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 The show’s one flaw, at least for me, was Celeste’s efforts to find and combine three different sources of light — phosphorescence, incandescence and iridescence — in order to create luminescence, which isn’t really how that works. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 The night offers its own solace — the hard, familiar stars, the oceanic incandescence of the aurora borealis. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2020 The ad reads, KEEP IT CLEAN, with Kebede issuing a mix of Hepburn’s incandescence and Janelle Monáe’s dapper, easy style. Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of incandescence

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Incandescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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