Complete Definition of "lambent"

was wotd|2007|December|16
English

Etymology
From L. term|lambens, present participle of term|lambo|lambÅ|lick|lang=la.

Pronunciation
a|RP|US IPA|/ËlæmbÉnt/
audio|en-us-lambent.ogg|Audio (US)

Adjective
en-adj

  1. brush#Verb|Brushing or flickering gently over a surface.

#*1977, w:Stephen R. Donaldson|Stephen R. Donaldson, Lord Foulâs Bane, page 77
#*:âAs they walked together between the houses, Lenaâs smooth arm brushed his. His skin felt lambent at the touch.â

  1. glow|Glowing or luminous, but lacking heat.

#: The lambent glow of fireflies delighted the children.
#* 1839, w:Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jonathan Birch (translator), s:Faust (von Goethe)|Faust: A Tragedy, Black and Armstrong, page 127,
#*: <small>The Witch, with much ceremony, fills the basin. As FAUST is about to raise it to his lips, it emits a clear flame.</small> <br/> MEPHISTOPHELES. Quick! quickly down with it!âno breathing time allowed! [â¦] And does a lambent flame prevent thee quaff?

  1. Exhibiting lightness or brilliance of wit; clever or witty without unkindness.

#: We appreciated her lambent comments.
#* 1800, w:William Cowper|William Cowper, The Task, Book VI: "The Winter Walk at Noon", Poems, J. Johnson, page 232,
#*: No foe to man / Lurks in the ſerpent now: the mother ſees, / And ſmiles to ſee, her infant's playful hand / Stretch'd forth to daily with the creſted worm, / To ſtroke his azure neck, or to receive / The lambent homage of his arrowy tongue.

Related terms
lambency
lambently

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