Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Growing hotter or more ardent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Becoming warmer, heating up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing warm; increasing in heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Growing warm; increasing in heat.

Etymologies

Latin incalēscēns, incalēscent-, present participle of incalēscere, to grow warm : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + calēscere, to grow warm, inchoative of calēre, to be warm; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incalescent-, stem of incalescens, present participle of incalescere, from in + calescere ("to grow warm") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As he came closer, he saw what seemed to be a big boat made of metal, something still incalescent and boiling the water around it.

    Far Beyond the Stars

  • The conclusion seemed obvious "that these meteors are formed of very soft materials, which expand while incalescent, and are immediately crumbled and dissipated into exiguous dust."

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century Fourth Edition

  • That centre of convulsions and source of streams possessed the statistical orator, the reasoning orator, and the inspired; with others of quality; and yet it had need of an ever-ready spontaneous imperturbable speaker, whose bubbling generalizations and ability to beat the drum humorous could swing halls of meeting from the grasp of an enemy, and then ascend on incalescent adjectives to the popular idea of the sublime.

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

  • That centre of convulsions and source of streams possessed the statistical orator, the reasoning orator, and the inspired; with others of quality; and yet it had need of an ever - ready spontaneous imperturbable speaker, whose bubbling generalizations and ability to beat the drum humorous could swing halls of meeting from the grasp of an enemy, and then ascend on incalescent adjectives to the popular idea of the sublime.

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 2

  • The psychiatrist who met me there, Doctor Speare, had kind eyes that could quiet you in the most incalescent mania.

    Pax Nortona - A Blog by Joel Sax

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.