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incandescence

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Definition shining (usually emitting light as a result of being heated)

Much more rarely, "incandescence" is used metaphorically to reference intense emotion or brilliance.
  • an incandescent bulb
incandescent = shining
  • A stripe of incandescent sky burns beneath the cloud base on the northwestern horizon.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • incandescent = shining
  • Wonderland had been a gleaming, incandescent place, filled for the most part with hardworking, law-respecting citizens.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • incandescent = shining brightly (figuratively)
  • The sun threw off great sheets of light from the water, turning the sail incandescent.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • incandescent = shining brightly
  • It captured the light and refined it and gave it back in silver incandescence.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • incandescence = brightness (shining)
  • The small wad of burning paper drew down to a wisp of flame and then died out leaving a faint pattern for just a moment in the incandescence like the shape of a flower, a molten rose.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • incandescence = shining (usually emitting light as a result of being heated)
  • Her face was incandescent.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • incandescent = shining brightly
  • The color of incandescence is used in radiation pyrometers to measure temperature.
  • Deadening incandescence of the boarding terminals.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Star upon star, red, blue, yellow, and white, swirling nebulae, galaxy upon galaxy: the universe, in its incandescence and darkness.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Sophie opened her mouth and screamed, her aura blazing with silver incandescence.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • "Sevenfold," she whispered—and was abruptly cut off as a blinding incandescence lit up the night.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Those who knew her spoke of a shimmer about her, an incandescence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • For she never grasped? not at any rate with her mind? what, with such incandescence, he tried to tell her on these Saturday afternoons.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Beyond the window, the sky was filled with moonlit clouds and it glowed with an eerie incandescence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • "Lights," commanded Master Freddie; and the butler pressed a button, and a flood of brilliant incandescence streamed from above, half-blinding Jurgis.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Incandescence is caused by heat, and it occurs at a specific temperature.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They carried an afterglow of sixties incandescence, a readiness to give themselves compulsively to something.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This colour, this incandescence, was in Stella's whole body.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The old Agent roared and a brilliant blue incandescence writhed about him, sending the children scattering away.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege

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