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a. Flickering lightly: lambent firelight.
b. Having a gentle glow; luminous: "A lambent moon cast shadows on crumbling walls" (Stephen Benz). See Synonyms at bright.
2. Light or brilliant: lambent wit.

[Latin lambēns, lambent-, present participle of lambere, to lick.]

lam′ben·cy n.
lam′bent·ly adv.
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1. (esp of a flame) flickering softly over a surface
2. glowing with soft radiance
3. (of wit or humour) light or brilliant
[C17: from the present participle of Latin lambere to lick]
ˈlambency n
ˈlambently adv
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(ˈlæm bənt)

1. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.
2. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject: lambent wit.
3. softly bright or radiant: a lambent light.
[1640–50; < Latin lambent-, s. of lambēns, present participle of lambere to lick, (of water or fire) wash, play upon; akin to lap3]
lam`bent•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lambent - softly bright or radiantlambent - softly bright or radiant; "a house aglow with lights"; "glowing embers"; "lambent tongues of flame"; "the lucent moon"; "a sky luminous with stars"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
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Giving off or reflecting light readily or in large amounts:
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