lambent

adjective
lam·bent | \ ˈlam-bənt \

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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lambently adverb

lambent and Flames

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."

Examples of lambent in a Sentence

lambent sunlight glinting off the waves a writer known for her lambent wit

First Known Use of lambent

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lambent

Latin lambent-, lambens, present participle of lambere to lick — more at lap

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lambent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lambent

: shining or glowing softly

: having a light, appealing quality

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