incandescence

noun in·can·des·cence \ ˌin-kən-ˈde-sᵊn(t)s 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

  1. candles made from whale oil were once highly prized because they burned with an incandescence superior to that of other candles

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First Known Use of incandescence

circa 1656



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