lambent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lambent softly bright or radiant "a house aglow with lights","glowing embers","lambent tongues of flame","the lucent moon","a sky luminous with stars"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lambent Playing on the surface; touching lightly; gliding over. "A lambent flame.""A lambent style."
    • Lambent Twinkling or gleaming; fickering. "The lambent purity of the stars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lambent Licking.
    • lambent Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lambent lam′bent moving about as if touching lightly: gliding over: flickering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lambens, -enlis, p. pr. of lambere, to lick; akin to lap,. See Lap to drink by licking
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lambenslambĕre, to lick.

Usage

In literature:

Save only the lambent "Prometheus," they each reveal to some degree the influence of Wagner.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Jupiter and Saturn rolled together like drops of lambent flame about to blend in one.
"The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke
When first that lambent light played upon the walls of the passage both stopped, stricken motionless with fear and amazement.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
I should not be surprised at any moment to see ears, eyes, and nose emit lambent flames.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Her eyes were suffused, and yet lambent.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
A lambent red flame lighting up the hair of a man's head, while at the same moment his beard is blue and luminous.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
The long lashes fell to the hot cheeks and curtained lambent windows of light.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Her teeth were clenched upon her bloodless lips, her face seemed marble, her eyes lambent flames.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Then she soared, lambent as flame.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
The lambent fire that played round his heart, burns to that heart's very core.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
She seemed to have put away the self-reliant manner of the trail, and in its stead presented the lambent gaze, the tremulous lips of the bride.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
But we saw the temples by sunrise, when the mistlike lambent opals bathed the bases of the tall columns salmon in the morning light!
"Black Spirits and White" by Ralph Adams Cram
She was all lambent, biting flames, he was a red fire glowing steadily.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Against the lambent brown a spot glowed red where the beam struck.
"The Great Dome on Mercury" by Arthur Leo Zagat
At first he could see only blueness, pale and lambent.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
The lambent glow of beauty might fall upon him unheeded; even its lightnings might not penetrate his shell.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The lambent flames leaped ominously in Winford's eyes.
"The Space Rover" by Edwin K. Sloat
It is lambent annihilation.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
In her mental turmoil that last passionate utterance of the man played like a lambent flame.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
Bands of lambent color flashed.
"Where the World is Quiet" by Henry Kuttner
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In poetry:

Ablaze by day with solar fires—
Ablaze by night with lunar beams,
With lambent lustre on its streams,
And golden glories round its spires!
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
With angel-hand she swept a lyre,
A garland red with roses bound it;
Its strings were wreath’d with lambent fire
And amaranth was woven round it.
"‘And ask ye why these sad tears stream?’" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Still do we see — not now the changeful splendour
Lambent or sparkling, leaping through the night —
But the abiding glow, most deep, most tender,
A great life's lasting light.
"The Bishop Of Winchester. In Memoriam. (From 'The Guardian,' July 30, 1873)" by Samuel John Stone
O happy Prince! The diamond, "Mount of Light"—
The treasured gem, whose lambent glories shone
Like clustered stars—he lost; but found instead
The Pearl of Price! nor mourned the diamond gone.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
How the bright fascinating lambent flames of it, in every age and
land, have drawn men's eyes,
Rich as a sunset on the Norway coast, the sky, the islands, and the
cliffs,
Or midnight's silent glowing northern lights unreachable.
"A Riddle Song" by Walt Whitman
See, sweetheart, how the lilies lay
Their lambent leaves about our way;
Or, pollen-dusty, nod and float
Their moon-like flowers around our boat.--
The middle of the stream we've reached
Three strokes from where our boat was beached.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Lit up 'n' lambent, he burns straight to the center of the groove.
But he followed instantly with a lambent stride passage.
Evergreen Line took delivery of its first L-type container ship , the Ever Lambent, which has a capacity of 8,452 20-foot-equivalent units, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea.
Vantage Specialty Chemicals is the parent company to Vantage Oleochemicals, once known as Uniqema's US oleochemicals business, and Lambent Technologies.
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