Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Taking or giving out fire; emitting sparks of fire when struck, as with steel; scintillating: as, ignescent stones.
  • noun Anything that emits sparks; specifically, a stone or mineral that gives out sparks when struck with steel or iron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Emitting sparks of fire when struck with steel; scintillating.

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  • adjective Emitting sparks of fire when struck with steel; scintillating; as, ignescent stones

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  • adjective can emit sparks or burst into flame

Etymologies

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Latin ignescens, present participle of ignescere to become inflamed, from ignis fire: compare French ignescent.

Examples

  • Through all the outbursts of her ignescent hate Sister Helen can never lose the ineradicable relics of her human love:

    Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

  • According to sources close to Mr. Palin who, describing himself as "more, if possible, reclusive than [his] wife", Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, refused to speak in public, said the find "could conceivably drive the final nail into the nihilistic coffin of the wanton hordes of evolutionists who would import calumnies declaiming God's Message of Creation in the face of the ignescent fires of truth, as evidenced in these recent early fossils."

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  • According to sources close to Mr. Palin who, describing himself as "more, if possible, reclusive than [his] wife", Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, refused to speak in public, said the find "could conceivably drive the final nail into the nihilistic coffin of the wanton hordes of evolutionists who would import calumnies declaiming God's Message of Creation in the face of the ignescent fires of truth, as evidenced in these recent early fossils."

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