-esce, -escent, -escence
(Latin: beginning to be, becoming; to be somewhat; a suffix that forms nouns and adjectives)
2. Any radiation of glimmer from a body produced by some means other than heat: Carol noticed that when she rubbed the fur of her cat on a dry evening, she could hear a crackle and see some luminescence in the form of sparks.
3. Any emission of effulgence at temperatures below that required for incandescence: Sharon is satisfied with the luminescence in her kitchen that is provided by her fluorescent light bulbs.
2. The event of being born: Jane only knew from her parents what her own nascence was like!
Sarina is now starting her nascent career as a singer.2. Etymology: from Latin nasci, "to be born".
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2. That which is or is becoming outmoded: According to some sources, people are obsolescing the use of many words these days.
2. A loss in the utility or value of property that results over time from intrinsic limitations; such as, outmoded facilities or external circumstances: Obsolescence is usually distinguished from depreciation and physical deterioration.
Economic obsolescence results from external factors; such as, location that renders a property of no longer being competitive, or is unattractive to purchasers or investors, or of decreasing usefulness.
Functional obsolescence derives from a lack of adequate or appropriate equipment, space, or design.3. In medicine, the termination or the beginning of the end of any physiological process.
4. Synonyms of obsolescence: on the way out, passing out of use, disappearing, fading, waning, on the wane, dying.
2. Descriptive of being outdated or outmoded, as machinery or weapons.
3. In biology, gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly evolving: An obsolescent development of an organ or other part of an animal or a plant.