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Incandescent

Incandescent
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.
(Science: physics) 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.


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