lambent

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adjective lam·bent \ˈlam-bənt\

Definition of lambent

  1. 1 :  playing lightly on or over a surface :  flickering

  2. 2 :  softly bright or radiant

  3. 3 :  marked by lightness or brilliance especially of expression

lambently

adverb

Examples of lambent in a sentence

  1. lambent sunlight glinting off the waves

  2. 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

lambent

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adjective lam·bent \ˈlam-bənt\

Definition of lambent for English Language Learners

  • : shining or glowing softly

  • : having a light, appealing quality


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