Definition of Incandescent

1. Adjective. Emitting light as a result of being heated. "An incandescent bulb"

Exact synonyms: Candent
Similar to: Light
Derivative terms: Incandescence

2. Adjective. Characterized by ardent emotion or intensity or brilliance. "An incandescent performance"
Similar to: Glorious

Definition of Incandescent

1. a. White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as, incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining; brilliant.

Definition of Incandescent

1. Adjective. emitting light as a result of being heated ¹

2. Adjective. shining very brightly ¹

3. Adjective. showing intense emotion, as of a performance etc. ¹

4. Noun. An incandescent lamp or bulb ¹

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Definition of Incandescent

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Incandescent

1. White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as, incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining; brilliant. "Holy Scripture become resplendent; or, as one might say, incandescent throughout." (I. Taylor) Incandescent lamp or light, a kind of lamp in which the light is produced by a thin filament of conducting material, usually carbon, contained in a vacuum, and heated to incandescence by an electric current, as in the Edison lamp; called also incandescence lamp, and glowlamp. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incandescent

incandescent (current term)
incandescent lamp

Literary usage of Incandescent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1903)
"Pope (FL) Evolution of the electric incandescent lamp. Elizabeth, NJ, 1889. ... Rowland (Arthur J.) Mistakes in the rating of incandescent electric lamps. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"On the Action of incandescent Metals in producing Electric Conductivity in Gases. By JA McCLELLAND, MA, Trinity College; Fellow of the Royal University of ..."

3. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1892)
"THE PRESIDENT : We will now listen to the report of the Committee on the Proper Lighting Power of incandescent Lamps—Dr. Louis Bell, Chairman. ..."

4. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"incandescent Lamps. Manufacture of incandescent Lamps. George Loring. ... 93373 G. The Metallic Filament incandescent Lamps (Les Lampes à Incandescence à ..."

5. A Dictionary of Electrical Words, Terms and Phrases by Edwin James Houston (1903)
"incandescent-Ball Electric Lamp.—An incandescent electric lamp in which the light ... incandescent Bombardment-Lamp.— An electric Lamp in which a refractory ..."

6. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1902)
"The incandescent lamp is too well known to you all to need an ... The characteristic features of the incandescent lamp are its extreme simplicity, ..."

7. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1902)
"incandescent lighting by direct current. incandescent lighting by alternating ... The incandescent lamp is naturally the first thing to be considered in ..."

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