incandescent

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Word of the Day
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incandescent

Pronunciation /ɪnkanˈdɛs(ə)nt/
adjective
1 Emitting light as a result of being heated.
1.1 (of an electric light) containing a filament which glows white-hot when heated by a current passed through it.
2 Full of strong emotion; passionate.
2.1 Extremely angry.

Origin
Late 18th century from French, from Latin incandescent- ‘glowing’, from the verb incandescere, from in- (expressing intensive force) + candescere ‘become white’ (from candidus ‘white’).

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Those who love words become incandescent when they gather to discuss their verbal passion.

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