Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To make or become incandescent.

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  • v. To cause to be (or to become) incandescent, especially by the application of heat

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To glow with heat; be or become incandescent.
  • To cause to glow or become incandescent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to become incandescent or glow
  • v. become incandescent or glow with heat

Etymologies

Latin incandēscere, to glow : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + candēscere, to glow, inchoative of candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The into incandesce battle suddenly as cut and cover cooling, the battle special quiescence.

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  • Weeks pass without a seizure, then three or four come in a cluster: exhausting episodes, preceded by a minute or two of giddiness during which the train roars toward her and everything seems to speed up and glow, as if the walls of Hirschfeld House might incandesce.

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  • The reactions when I announce this assignment are mixed: some students just incandesce the moment I start explaining the task.

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  • He saw two brilliant beams of light incandesce across the bay, and he tugged the sleeve of the man next to him, the man he had once mistaken for an angel, and who was now talking rapidly into his radio.

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  • In July, 1859, he lit up one of the rooms of his house at Salem, Massachusetts, every evening with such lamps, using in them small pieces of platinum and iridium wire, which were made to incandesce by means of current from primary batteries.

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  • The molecules incandesce, and burn like true stars with a brilliancy that is often magnificent.

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  • And then the stars, grand lighthouses of the Heavens, in their turn incandesce.

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  • As far as I'm concerned, it takes 2 of them to produce the light of 1 incandesce ­nt.

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  • Answer: "None, because they are too stupid to realize that the light has actually burned out, and they think that by merely lowering interest rates and creating more money, they can raise the 'animal spirits' of the light bulb to light again, and again and again, as many times as needed, and everything will then be fine from then on, as many times as needed, but in the meantime they are all stumbling around in the dark trying to make the light bulb incandesce again trying various magic tricks, like just throwing money out into the darkness."

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  • The Phoenix Foundation, chiefly, so ubiquitous yet enlivening on film here - are nothing if not tailor-made for the incandesce of cinema. "

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