from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Becoming or tending to become liquid; melting.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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  • adjective melting

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  • adjective becoming liquid


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

[Latin liquēscēns, liquēscent-, present participle of liquēscere, to become liquid, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.]

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From Latin liquescens, present participle of liquescere


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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  • from the tropic of cancer, which i never finished

    December 7, 2006

  • 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