Luminousness
Luminous Lu"mi*nous, a. [L. luminosus, fr. lumen light: cf. F. lumineux. See {Luminary}, {Illuminate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is a luminous body; a luminous color. [1913 Webster]

Fire burneth wood, making it . . . luminous. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The mountains lift . . . their lofty and luminous heads. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Illuminated; full of light; bright; as, many candles made the room luminous. [1913 Webster]

Up the staircase moved a luminous space in the darkness. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

3. Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible; as, a luminous mind. `` Luminous eloquence.'' --Macaulay. `` A luminous statement.'' --Brougham. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Lucid; clear; shining; perspicuous. [1913 Webster] -- {Lu"mi*nous*ly}, adv. -- {Lu"mi*nous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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