What does incandescent mean?

Definitions for incandescent
ˌɪn kənˈdɛs əntin·can·des·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. incandescent, candentadjective

    emitting light as a result of being heated

    "an incandescent bulb"

  2. incandescentadjective

    characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance

    "an incandescent performance"


  1. incandescentnoun

    An incandescent lamp or bulb

  2. incandescentadjective

    emitting light as a result of being heated

  3. incandescentadjective

    shining very brightly

  4. incandescentadjective

    showing intense emotion, as of a performance etc.


  1. incandescent

    Incandescence is the emission of electromagnetic radiation (including visible light) from a hot body as a result of its high temperature. The term derives from the Latin verb incandescere, to glow white. A common use of incandescence is the incandescent light bulb, now being phased out. Incandescence is due to thermal radiation. It usually refers specifically to visible light, while thermal radiation refers also to infrared or any other electromagnetic radiation.


  1. incandescent

    Incandescent generally refers to something that is emitting light as a result of being heated. It can also refer to something that is extremely bright or radiant, or filled with intense emotion or passion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incandescentadjective

    white, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as, incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining; brilliant

  2. Etymology: [L. incandecens, -entis, p. pr. of incandescere to become warm or hot; pref. in- in + candescere to become of a glittering whiteness, to become red hot, incho. fr. candere to be of a glittering whiteness: cf. F. incandescent. See Candle.]


  1. Incandescent

    Incandescent is the 1985 debut album by Crumbächer. All songs on the album are by Stephen Crumbächer except track 7, "Sweet By and By", which is a Christian hymn with lyrics by S. Fillmore Bennett and music by Joseph P. Webster, arranged by Stephen Crumbächer. According to Stephen Crumbächer, the masters have been lost, making a re-issue or re-release highly unlikely.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incandescent

    in-kan-des′ent, adj. white or glowing with heat: rendered luminous by heat.—v.i. and v.t. to glow with heat, to cause to glow.—n. Incandesc′ence, a white heat.—Incandescent light, a brilliant white light produced by a resisting conductor under an electric current, or by coal-gas burnt under a mantle or hood of the oxide of didymium and others of the alkaline earths. [L.,—in, in, candescĕrecandēre, to glow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incandescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incandescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of incandescent in a Sentence

  1. Brenda Ueland:

    Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers.

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  • incandescentCatalan, Valencian
  • glühend, Glüh-German
  • πυρακτωμένοςGreek
  • irradiante, incandescente, deslumbrante, candente, resplandesciente, reluciente, rebosanteSpanish
  • hehkuva, loistava, hehkuFinnish
  • resplendissant, irradiant, incandescent, éclatant, rayonnant, éblouissantFrench
  • risplendente, incandescente, abbaglianteItalian
  • 白熱Japanese
  • сияющий, пылкий, накалённый добела, горячий, светящийсяRussian
  • bländandeSwedish
  • 白熾燈Chinese

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