Definitions

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

  • adj. Becoming or tending to become liquid; melting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. melting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to become liquid; inclined to melt; melting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a tendency to liquefy; melting; becoming liquid: as, a substance naturally liquescent.

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

  • adj. becoming liquid

Etymologies

Latin liquēscēns, liquēscent-, present participle of liquēscere, to become liquid, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin liquescens, present participle of liquescere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A special modification of the neum form is that which is called liquescent or semivocal.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Fitzpiers did not stay more than an hour, but that time had apparently advanced his sentiments towards Grace, once and for all, from a vaguely liquescent to an organic shape.

    The Woodlanders

  • And ever the river was growing rougher and ruder; ever its backbone was beginning to puiver and flounder like a whale underfoot, with its liquescent body of cold, grey, murky water bursting with increasing frequency from its shell of ice, and lapping hungrily at our feet.

    Through Russia

  • From the whole, soft, liquescent fluid scene, the impression which I derived was melancholy.

    Through Russia

  • The Molokans also had kindled a blaze behind the corner of the barraque, and now its glow was licking the yellow boards of the structure until they seemed almost to be liquescent, to be about to dissolve and flow over the ground in a golden stream.

    Through Russia

  • A few had burst open, and were liquescent with decay.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Instead, however, of listening to the sermons, Burton got flirting with a Meccan girl with citrine skin and liquescent eyes.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • He slumped in a motionless, nearly liquescent heap.

    Zehru of Xollar

  • Mr Gulching, outwardly frigid but inwardly liquescent, agrees that this is so; and adds in a truculent growl that he would like to see 'em try it on.

    The Right Stuff Some Episodes in the Career of a North Briton

  • On palma the MS. gives a liquescent note, on the first syllable of adnunciandum it has a podatus (a c, or d f, as this notation should be read a fifth lower) instead of a single note; in the last, a podatus instead of an epiphonus.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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.

  • And now, as the night was senescent
    And star-dials pointed to morn -
    As the star-dials hinted of morn -
    At the end of our path a liquescent
    And nebulous lustre was born,
    Out of which a miraculous crescent
    Arose with a duplicate horn -
    Astarte's bediamonded crescent
    Distinct with its duplicate horn. - Ulalume - Poe

    March 8, 2009

  • from the tropic of cancer, which i never finished

    December 7, 2006