Definition of incandescent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkænˈdesnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkænˈdesnt//
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  1. 1(specialist) giving out light when heated incandescent lamps
  2. 2(formal) very bright incandescent white
  3. 3(formal) full of strong emotion an incandescent musical performance She was incandescent with rage.
  4. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French, from Latin incandescent- ‘glowing’, from the verb incandescere, from in- (expressing intensive force) + candescere ‘become white’ (from candidus ‘white’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incandescent