ignescent
adjective Etymology: Latin ignescent-, ignescens, present participle of ignescere to catch fire, from ignis Date: circa 1828 volatile

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  • Ignescent — Ig*nes cent, a. [L. ignescens, p. pr. of ignescere to become inflamed, fr. ignis fire: cf. F. ignescent.] Emitting sparks of fire when struck with steel; scintillating; as, ignescent stones. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ignescent — ⇒IGNESCENT, ENTE, adj. Rare et littér. En feu, incandescent. Une averse de brandons ignescents (VERNE, 500 millions, 1879, p. 146). L arche de David était devant moi. Elle étincelait d une intérieure clarté et comme un incendie joyeux montrait… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ignescent — [ig nes′ənt] adj. [L ignescens, prp. of ignescere, to take fire, burn < ignis: see IGNEOUS] 1. bursting into flame 2. giving off sparks when struck with steel n. an ignescent substance …   English World dictionary

  • ignescent — ignescent, ente (igh nè ssan, ssan t ) adj. Terme didactique. Qui est en feu ; qui s enflamme. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. ignescere, de ignis (voy. igné) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • ignescent — /ig nes euhnt/, adj. 1. emitting sparks of fire, as certain stones when struck with steel. 2. bursting into flame. n. 3. an ignescent substance. [1820 30; < L ignescent (s. of ignescens), prp. of ignescere to catch fire, equiv. to ign(is) fire +… …   Universalium

  • ignescent — adjective Emitting sparks of fire when struck with steel; scintillating; as, ignescent stones …   Wiktionary

  • ignescent — ig•nes•cent [[t]ɪgˈnɛs ənt[/t]] adj. 1) chem. emitting sparks of fire 2) bursting into flame • Etymology: 1820–30; < L ignēscent , s. of ignēscēns, prp. of ignēscere to catch fire, der. of ignis fire; see escent …   From formal English to slang

  • ignescent — /ɪgˈnɛsənt/ (say ig nesuhnt) adjective 1. emitting sparks of fire, as certain stones when struck with steel. 2. bursting into flame. –noun 3. an ignescent substance. {Latin ignescens, present participle, taking fire} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ignescent — ig·nes·cent …   English syllables

  • ignescent — adjective can emit sparks or burst into flame • Similar to: ↑combustible …   Useful english dictionary

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