luminous


luminous
Emitting light, with or without accompanying heat. [L. lumen, light]

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lu·mi·nous 'lü-mə-nəs adj
1) emitting or reflecting usu. steady, suffused, or glowing light
2) of or relating to light or to luminous flux

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lu·mi·nous (looґmi-nəs) emitting or reflecting light; glowing with light.

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  • Luminous — may refer to:*luminosity, a scientific term referring to different things depending on the field in which it is used * Luminous (story collection), a short story collection by Greg Egan *Luminous paint, paint that glows in the dark *Luminous… …   Wikipedia

  • luminous — [adj1] bright, glowing beaming, brilliant, clear, crystal, effulgent, fulgent, illuminated, incandescent, lambent, lighted, lit, lucent, lucid, luminescent, lustrous, radiant, refulgent, resplendent, shining, translucent, transparent, vivid;… …   New thesaurus

  • luminous — index cognizable, coherent (clear), notable, outstanding (prominent) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • luminous — (adj.) early 15c., full of light, from L. luminosus shining, full of light, from lumen (gen. luminis) light, related to lucere to shine (see LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.)). Related: Luminously …   Etymology dictionary

  • luminous — *bright, brilliant, radiant, lustrous, effulgent, lucent, refulgent, beaming, lambent, incandescent Analogous words: glowing, blazing, flaming (see BLAZE vb): gleaming, glittering, flashing, scintillating (see FLASH vb): resplendent, glorious,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • luminous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) bright or shining, especially in the dark. 2) Physics relating to visible light. DERIVATIVES luminously adverb. ORIGIN Latin luminosus, from lumen light …   English terms dictionary

  • luminous — [lo͞o′mə nəs] adj. [ME < L luminosus < lumen, LIGHT1] 1. giving off light; shining; bright 2. filled with light; illuminated 3. glowing in the dark, as paint with a phosphor in it 4. clear; readily understood 5. inte …   English World dictionary

  • luminous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin luminosus, from lumin , lumen Date: 15th century 1. a. emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or glowing light b. of or relating to light or to luminous flux 2. bathed in or exposed to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • luminous — luminously, adv. luminousness, n. /looh meuh neuhs/, adj. 1. radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright. 2. lighted up or illuminated; well lighted: the luminous ballroom. 3. brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer… …   Universalium

  • luminous — lu|mi|nous [ˈlu:mınəs] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: luminosus, from lumen light ] 1.) shining in the dark ▪ luminous paint ▪ Her large dark eyes were almost luminous. 2.) very brightly coloured, especially in green, pink, or yellow =… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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