- playing lightly over a surface; flickering: said of a flame, etc.
- giving off a soft glow: a lambent sky
- playing lightly and gracefully over a subject: said of wit, humor, etc.
Origin: L lambens, present participle of lambere, to lick, lap from Indo-European base an unverified form lab- from source lap
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- Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight.
- Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit.
- Having a gentle glow; luminous. See Synonyms at bright.
Origin: Latin lambēns, lambent-, present participle of lambere, to lick.
- lamˈben·cy noun
- lamˈbent·ly adverb