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

  • adj. Emitting visible light as a result of being heated.
  • adj. Shining brilliantly; very bright. See Synonyms at bright.
  • adj. Characterized by ardent emotion, intensity, or brilliance: an incandescent performance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. emitting light as a result of being heated
  • adj. shining very brightly
  • adj. showing intense emotion, as of a performance etc.
  • n. An incandescent lamp or bulb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; ; hence, clear; shining; brilliant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Glowing with heat; rendered luminous by heat. Rarely candescent.

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

  • adj. characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance
  • adj. emitting light as a result of being heated


From Latin incandescens, from incandesco ("be heated, glow"), from in- ("intensifying prefix") + candesco ("become white"), from candidus ("white"). (Wiktionary)



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