Definition of incandesce in English:



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  • Glow with heat.

    ‘the lights of the town lay incandescing across the prairie’
    • ‘Naked, fresh-scrubbed, practically incandescing with exuberance, she looks like she's posing for a vitamin ad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, the filament glows, or incandesces, because of the heat.’
    • ‘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 fact, the heat alone that incandesces from the lava is enough to cause surrounding objects to burst into flames!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once hot, the metal itself becomes a radiant heat source - and incandesces to a cozy red glow.’
    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.