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

     

    incandescent

     adjective
    adjective
    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 Origin late 18th cent.: from French, from Latin incandescent- ‘glowing’, from the verb incandescere, from in- (expressing intensive force) + candescere ‘become white’ (from candidus ‘white’).
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