American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The emission of visible light by a hot object.
- n. The light emitted by an incandescent object.
- n. A high degree of emotion, intensity, or brilliance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being incandescent; glowing heat. Rarely candescence.
- n. physics the emission of visible light by a hot body
- n. the light so emitted
- n. by extension great emotion, especially anger
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A white heat, or the glowing or luminous whiteness of a body caused by intense heat.
- n. the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised
- n. light from heat
“If the column of metal intended for hydrogenation of the products of incandescence is raised to a temperature of more than 300°C, then a proportion of the aromatic hydrocarbons is retained and the liquid obtained is analogous to Galician petroleum.”
“The great current density in the coiled-coil filament with much heat development results in bright incandescence, that is to say in the generation of visible light.”
“-- When referring to methods of obtaining artificial light by means of processes involving combustion or oxidation, the term "incandescence" is usually limited to those forms of burner in which some extraneous substance, such as a "mantle," is raised to a brilliant white heat.”
“We should be heating it to 33 in Newtonian degrees - which is the sacred number for the boiling point of water - and through a process known as incandescence we should be able to read a top secret inscription that has been cunningly hidden on the surface. ”
“Influenced by the French Barbizon School and later by the Impressionist movement, the artists captured the particular conditions of Skagen, where water on three sides creates a special incandescence.”
“Those who aren't addicts or don't use the site at all — I'd call myself a cautious user — may be tempted to see Facebook as a not-so-hot notion fanned into incandescence by narcissistic adolescents with nothing better to do than tell one another who they are in terms of what they like, what they buy and where they go.”
“She's played by Adepero Oduye, who gives a performance, first heartbreaking and later thrilling, that swings between the darkness of spiritual isolation and the incandescence of self-discovery, with quiet interludes of affecting earnestness.”
“He incorporated the old shoe in the picture as a gesture toward Van Gogh; he had the sense that his eye was bringing all the world's psychosis to everything on which it fell; the objects in the painting seem lit by a savage incandescence, the light comes from the direction of the artist.”
“And Mulligan Jacobs's face thrust another inch closer on its twisted neck, while all his concentrated rage seemed on the verge of bursting into incandescence.”
“Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, practical incandescence, and many other improved devices.”
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