incandescence lamp


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Incandescent \In`can*des"cent\, a. [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.]
   White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as,
   incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining;
   brilliant.
   [1913 Webster]

         Holy Scripture become resplendent; or, as one might
         say, incandescent throughout.            --I. Taylor.
   [1913 Webster]

   Incandescent lamp, Incandescent light, {Incandescent
   light bulb} (Elec.), a kind of lamp in which the light is
      produced by a thin filament of conducting material, now
      usually tungsten, but originally carbon, contained in a
      vacuum or an atmosphere of inert gas within a glass bulb,
      and heated to incandescence by an electric current. It was
      inventerd by Thomas Edison, and was once called the
      Edison lamp; -- called also incandescence lamp, and
      glowlamp. This is one of the two most common sources of
      electric light, the other being the fluorescent light,
      fluorescent lamp or fluorescent bulb.
      [1913 Webster +PJC]
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