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an incandescent bulb
  shining (usually emitting light as a result of being heated)
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incandescence incandesce incandescently
Strongly Associated with:   incandescent light, fluorescent light, fluorescence
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  • an incandescent bulb
  • It captured the light and refined it and gave it back in silver incandescence.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • 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
  • But I did seem to be aware, during the time of the telling of her story, while the smoke churned up over the nearby roofs and the fire erupted at last toward the sky in fierce incandescence, that those words which had commenced in pious Presbyterian entreaty became finally meaningless.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • 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
  • Deadening incandescence of the boarding terminals.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Those who knew her spoke of a shimmer about her, an incandescence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • "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
  • 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

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  • The molten stone poured out in a stream of dazzling incandescence across the road, the asbestos rollers came and went; at the tail of an insulated watering cart the steam rose in white clouds.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Flames need oxygen from the air and are unable to spread underwater; but a lava flow, which contains in itself the principle of its incandescence, can rise to a white heat, overpower the liquid element, and turn it into steam on contact.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • 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
  • His gray eyes burned with an incandescence, and the long white hands which hung by his sides were not those of a human being.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Therefore the dusky, golden softness of this man’s sensuous flame of life, that flowed off his flesh like the flame from a candle, not baffled and gripped into incandescence by thought and spirit as her life was, seemed to her something wonderful, beyond her.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • …with the old moon in her arms: the posited influence of celestial on human bodies: the appearance of a star (1st magnitude) of exceeding brilliancy dominating by night and day (a new luminous sun generated by the collision and amalgamation in incandescence of two nonluminous exsuns) about the period of the birth of William Shakespeare over delta in the recumbent neversetting constellation of Cassiopeia and of a star (2nd magnitude) of similar origin but of lesser brilliancy which had…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In a moment, a moment, surely—— And then, although Clyde did not know or notice at the moment—a sudden dimming of the lights in this room—as well as over the prison—an idiotic or thoughtless result of having one electric system to supply the death voltage and the incandescence of this and all other rooms.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Then, like a dozen piled-up Jungfraus seen from Mürren, it flamed into superb and dazzling incandescence.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The darkness of the broad hallway was soothing after the prairie heat and incandescence.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The incandescence of her soft brown eyes drew him in like land lures a long adrift sailor.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • This colour, this incandescence, was in Stella’s whole body.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Beyond the window, the sky was filled with moonlit clouds and it glowed with an eerie incandescence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • They carried an afterglow of sixties incandescence, a readiness to give themselves compulsively to something.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The old Agent roared and a brilliant blue incandescence writhed about him, sending the children scattering away.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • All the matters which compose the globe are in a state of incandescence; even gold, platinum, and the hardest rocks are in a state of fusion.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Gradually the fibres of the burning bonfire were fused into one haze, one incandescence which lifted the weight of the woollen grey sky on top of it and turned it to a million atoms of soft blue.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • He had the most extraordinary love of incandescence.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Incandescence is caused by heat, and it occurs at a specific temperature.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • And in the incandescence of the pearl the pictures formed of the things Kino’s mind had considered in the past and had given up as impossible.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • He saw himself, grown to the age of potency, a strong, heroic, brilliant boy, the one spot of incandescence in a backwoods school attended by snag-toothed children and hair-faced louts.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • This chosen incandescence, to whom a name had already been given, and from whose centre most of the events in this chronicle must be seen, was borne in, as we have said, upon the very spear-head of history.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Different substances incandesce at different temperatures.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • For example, when steel manufacturers temper beams, they spray a grid on them with a transparent coating that incandesces at a specific target temperature so they know when the beams are done.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Incandesce.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Flood-lighted, its three hundred and twenty metres of white Carrara-surrogate gleamed with a snowy incandescence over Ludgate Hill; at each of the four corners of its helicopter platform an immense T shone crimson against the night, and from the mouths of twenty-four vast golden trumpets rumbled a solemn synthetic music.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • …scarf, below this the blue and white stripes of her coarse prisoner’s smock; blinking, weeping, gazing straight through her own diaphanous image, she glimpsed the magical white horse again, grazing now, the meadow, the sheep beyond, and further still, as if at the very edge of the world, the rim of the drab gray autumnal woods, transmuted by the music’s incandescence into a towering frieze of withering but majestic foliage, implausibly beautiful, aglow with some immanent grace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The color of incandescence is used in radiation pyrometers to measure temperature.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   incandescence [4] , incandescent light [9] , fluorescent light [3] , fluorescence [7] , fluorescent light [3] , phosphorescence [3] , fluorescence [7] , incandescent light [9]
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