Nascent Nas"cent, a. [L. nascens, -entis, p. pr. nasci to be born. See {Nation}, and cf. {Naissant}.] 1. Commencing, or in process of development; beginning to exist or to grow; coming into being; as, a nascent germ. [1913 Webster]

Nascent passions and anxieties. --Berkley. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Evolving; being evolved or produced; as, nascent oxygen. [1913 Webster]

{Nascent state} (Chem.), the fleeting or momentary state of an uncombined atom or radical just separated from one compound, and not yet united with another, -- a hypothetical condition implying peculiarly active chemical properties; as, hydrogen in the nascent state is a strong reducer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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