Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.


Becoming or tending to become liquid; melting.

[Latin liquēscēns, liquēscent-, present participle of liquēscere, to become liquid, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.]

li·ques′cence, li·ques′cen·cy n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(of a solid or gas) becoming or tending to become liquid
[C18: from Latin liquescere]
liˈquescence, liˈquescency n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(lɪˈkwɛs ənt)

becoming liquid; melting.
[1720–30; < Latin liquēscent-, s. of liquēscēns, present participle of liquēscere to melt, inchoative derivative of liquēre to be liquid]
li•ques′cence, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.liquescent - becoming liquid
unfrozen - not frozen; "unfrozen ground"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
And now, as the night was senescent, And star-dials pointed to morn -- As the star-dials hinted of morn -- At the end of our path a liquescent And nebulous lustre was born, Out of which a miraculous crescent Arose with a duplicate horn -- Astarte's bediamonded crescent, Distinct with its duplicate horn.
The crisp of a crunching nacho carrying the liquescent classic dish made the required balance.
In this dream state, Homer is liquescent (an obvious reference to the oft-melting imagery in the work of Salvador Dali).
You'd want to say of Figgis's liquescent painterly surfaces that they are lush, except the figures so often appear cadaverous (albeit horny).
What a delight to observe the wine in the glass and to watch the pale yellow liquescent in the middle fade to a white as pale and transparent as water as it reaches for the glass barrier.
These wet, flaccid, liquescent skins also provoke a certain disgust, it is true.
If your mind is quirky enough to conjure a catfish concoction more putrid than moldering cheese, festering shad, fetid sour cream, and liquescent pig brains all muddled together, you might want to keep it a secret Could be that you have the next hot dipbait recipe on your hands.
The liquescent force of his rhetorical constructions, the supple but persistent use of what's known in literary circles as the "elegant variation," and this.