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Wordnet 3.0


1. emitting light as a result of being heated;
- Example: "an incandescent bulb"
[syn: incandescent, candent]

2. characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance;
- Example: "an incandescent performance"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Incandescent \In`can*des"cent\, a. [L. incandecens, -entis, p. pr. of incandescere to become warm or hot; pref. in- in + candescere to become of a glittering whiteness, to become red hot, incho. fr. candere to be of a glittering whiteness: cf. F. incandescent. See Candle.] White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as, incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining; brilliant. [1913 Webster] Holy Scripture become resplendent; or, as one might say, incandescent throughout. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Incandescent lamp, Incandescent light, Incandescent light bulb (Elec.), a kind of lamp in which the light is produced by a thin filament of conducting material, now usually tungsten, but originally carbon, contained in a vacuum or an atmosphere of inert gas within a glass bulb, and heated to incandescence by an electric current. It was inventerd by Thomas Edison, and was once called the Edison lamp; -- called also incandescence lamp, and glowlamp. This is one of the two most common sources of electric light, the other being the fluorescent light, fluorescent lamp or fluorescent bulb. [1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

incandescent adj 1: emitting light as a result of being heated; "an incandescent bulb" [syn: incandescent, candent] 2: characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance; "an incandescent performance"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "incandescent": ablaze, afire, aflame, aflicker, aglow, alight, ardent, beaming, beamy, blazing, blushing, bright, bright and sunny, brilliant, burning, candent, candescent, comburent, conflagrant, effulgent, fiery, flagrant, flaming, flaring, flickering, flushing, fulgent, fuming, gleaming, gleamy, glinting, glowing, guttering, ignescent, ignited, illuminant, in a blaze, in a glow, in flames, inflamed, irradiative, kindled, lambent, lamping, light as day, live, living, lucent, luciferous, lucific, luciform, luminant, luminative, luminiferous, luminificent, luminous, lustrous, on fire, orient, radiant, red-hot, reeking, refulgent, rutilant, rutilous, scintillant, scintillating, shining, shiny, smoking, smoldering, sparking, starbright, starlike, starry, streaming, suffused, sunny, sunshiny, unextinguished, unquenched, white-hot