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  • adj. glowing with heat; white-hot, incandescent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Glowing; luminous; incandescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as incandescent.

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

  • adj. glowing from great heat


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  • "candescent" (both of which are synonyms of "incandescent" in the sense of "glowing from or as if from great heat").

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • From the materials of the house itself he draws unexpected resonances, candescent onyx balancing pellucid glass, and that glass itself shifting between aspects.

    The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

  • For instance, Yes-No features a drawing of a candescent light bulb with the text: "This is a light bulb" beneath the image.

    Leanne Goebel: RULE Gallery Champions Young Artists in 4.0

  • Too often the policies that greens favour - banning candescent light bulbs, bins for waste food - sound like the sort of indignities that were imposed on the masses in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • There hadn't been more than a wisp of cloud across its candescent countenance in several months.

    Father Swarat

  • Twitter was the main conduct through which this increasingly candescent political momentum ran.

    From Russia with Twitter (and my blog) in defence of our online rights

  • "The roll out of the candescent fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs will start by the end of February ... the public will be asked to exchange their energy inefficient bulbs for the energy efficient ones," she said in the National Assembly during debate on the state of the nation address.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In terms of longevity, the candescent bulbs could easily be made to last for dozens of years but the manufacturers long ago decided there was no money to made in the “longevity” business.

    Unthreaded #15 « Climate Audit

  • In terms of longevity, the candescent bulbs could easily be made to last for dozens of years but the manufacturers long ago decided ther was no money to made in the longevity business.

    Unthreaded #15 « Climate Audit

  • Those candescent worlds, circled by little offsplit planets — were their names taken in vain, or were they really in their motions and their relative positions the writing on the wall for men to read?

    Flowering Wilderness


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  • Like inflammable, means the same thing as incandescent.

    December 29, 2006

  • Tranquillity sudden, vast, candescent: form of forms.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 2

    December 29, 2006