Definition of Luminous

1. Adjective. Softly bright or radiant. "A sky luminous with stars"

Exact synonyms: Aglow, Lambent, Lucent
Similar to: Bright
Derivative terms: Lambency, Luminosity, Luminousness

Definition of Luminous

1. a. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is a luminous body; a luminous color.

Definition of Luminous

1. Adjective. emitting light; glowing brightly ¹

2. Adjective. brightly illuminated ¹

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Definition of Luminous

1. giving off light [adj]

Medical Definition of Luminous

1. 1. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is a luminous body; a luminous colour. "Fire burneth wood, making it . . . Luminous." (Bacon) "The mountains lift . . . Their lofty and luminous heads." (Longfellow) 2. Illuminated; full of light; bright; as, many candles made the room luminous. "Up the staircase moved a luminous space in the darkness." (Longfellow) 3. Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible; as, a luminous mind. " Luminous eloquence." . " A luminous statement." Luminous paint, a paint made up with some phosphorescent substance, as sulphide of calcium, which after exposure to a strong light is luminous in the dark for a time. Synonym: Lucid, clear, shining, perspicuous. Luminously, Luminousness. Origin: L. Luminosus, fr. Lumen light: cf. F. Lumineux. See Luminary, Illuminate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Luminous

luminosity distance
luminosity distances
luminosity function
luminous (current term)
luminous energies
luminous energy
luminous flux
luminous flux unit
luminous intensity
luminous intensity unit
luminous retinoscope

Literary usage of Luminous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The great displays of phosphorescence in sea-water are usually due to the presence of very large numbers of email luminous organisms, cither protozoa or ..."

2. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke (1812)
"Notwithstanding the degree of regard bestowed upon the history of luminous animals, it is still very imperfect; the power of producing light appears to have ..."

3. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1919)
"246, a paper was contributed by the present writer on the subject of " Self-luminous Night Haze," where observations were given of a kind of luminous, ..."

4. A German-English Dictionary for Chemists by Austin McDowell Patterson (1917)
"Lichtkegel, m. cone of light, luminous cone. Lichtkreis, m. circle of light, halo. ... Lichtstrahl, m. light ray, ray of light, luminous ray. ..."

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