Definition of lambent
1 : playing lightly on or over a surface : flickering
2 : softly bright or radiant
3 : marked by lightness or brilliance especially of expression
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Examples of lambent in a sentence
lambent sunlight glinting off the waves
a writer known for her lambent wit
Did You Know?
Fire is frequently associated with lapping or licking imagery: flames are often described as "tongues" that "lick." Lambent, which first appeared in English in the 17th century, is a part of this tradition, coming from lambens, the present participle of the Latin verb lambere, meaning "to lick." In its earliest uses, lambent meant "playing lightly over a surface," "gliding over," or "flickering." These uses were usually applied to flames or light, and by way of that association, the term eventually came to describe things with a radiant or brilliant glow, as Alexander Pope used it in his 1717 poem "Eloisa to Abelard": "Those smiling eyes, attemp'ring ev'ry ray, Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day."
Origin and Etymology of lambent
Latin lambent-, lambens, present participle of lambere to lick — more at lap
First Known Use: 1647
LAMBENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lambent for English Language Learners
: shining or glowing softly
: having a light, appealing quality
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