Definition of incandesce in English:



  • Glow with heat.

    ‘the lights of the town lay incandescing across the prairie’
    • ‘But whilst he found it moderately interesting, it didn't arouse in him the same white hot passion that incandesced like a sun in Gifford, warming and illuminating everyone near.’
    • ‘I was in a hurry and had no time to wander its paths, but caught only a glimpse of brilliant pink tulips incandescing in the spring sun.’
    • ‘Naked, fresh-scrubbed, practically incandescing with exuberance, she looks like she's posing for a vitamin ad.’
    • ‘In other words, the filament glows, or incandesces, because of the heat.’
    • ‘When the torch heats the flux, it incandesces, giving off a brilliant yellow-orange flare, just like the one you get when dripping salt water onto a gas burner.’
    • ‘In fact, the heat alone that incandesces from the lava is enough to cause surrounding objects to burst into flames!’
    • ‘Once hot, the metal itself becomes a radiant heat source - and incandesces to a cozy red glow.’
    • ‘Although in Act II, the Sylphs either sparkled like diamonds in their sunny glade or incandesced in the funerary moonlight, in Act I, the Sylph shined like the Evening Star - only in twilight.’
    • ‘The lamps that we are all familiar with, primarily incandescent, heat the electrode, usually a piece of metal until it incandesces, or ‘glows’, producing light.’
    • ‘In Island of Soay, a bank of cloud descends, obliterating the upper reaches of the landscape, yet the sun incandesces through the murk, casting golden yellow highlights on the dark ocean.’
    shine, glimmer, glint, catch the light, glitter, shimmer, glow, sparkle, twinkle, flicker, blink, wink, glisten, flash, flare, beam, fluoresce
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Late 19th century: back-formation from incandescent.