What does lambent mean?

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ˈlæm bəntlam·bent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aglow(p), lambent, lucent, luminousadjective

    softly bright or radiant

    "a house aglow with lights"; "glowing embers"; "lambent tongues of flame"; "the lucent moon"; "a sky luminous with stars"


  1. lambentadjective

    Brushing or flickering gently over a surface.

  2. lambentadjective

    Glowing or luminous, but lacking heat.

    The lambent glow of fireflies delighted the children.

  3. lambentadjective

    Exhibiting lightness or brilliance of wit; clever or witty without unkindness.

    We appreciated her lambent comments.

  4. Etymology: From lambens, present participle of lambo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lambentadjective

    Playing about; gliding over without harm.

    Etymology: lambens, Lat.

    From young Iülus head
    A lambent flame arose, which gently spread
    Around his brows, and on his temples fed. John Dryden, Æneis.

    His brows thick fogs, instead of glories, grace,
    And lambent dulness played around his face. Dryden.


  1. lambent

    Lambent refers to something flickering, glowing or shining softly, usually with a constant light. It can also metaphorically refer to expressions, remarks, or displays that are playing lightly and brilliantly over a subject, often with a hint of humor or irony.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lambentadjective

    playing on the surface; touching lightly; gliding over

  2. Lambentadjective

    twinkling or gleaming; fickering

  3. Etymology: [L. lambens, -enlis, p. pr. of lambere to lick; akin to lap. See Lap to drink by licking.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lambent

    lam′bent, adj. moving about as if touching lightly: gliding over: flickering.—n. Lam′bency, the quality of being lambent: that which is lambent. [L. lambenslambĕre, to lick.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lambent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lambent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    a convex shape that narrows toward a point
    A taper
    B profaneness
    C collation
    D liniment

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