intransitive verb (-resced; -rescing) Etymology: probably back-formation from phosphorescent Date: 1794 to exhibit phosphorescence

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  • Phosphoresce — Phos phor*esce , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Phosphoresced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Phosphorescing}.] To shine as phosphorus; to be phosphorescent; to emit a phosphoric light. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phosphoresce — [fäs΄fə res′] vi. phosphoresced, phosphorescing [prob. back form. < PHOSPHORESCENCE] to produce, show, or undergo phosphorescence …   English World dictionary

  • phosphoresce — phosphorescence ► NOUN 1) light emitted by a substance without combustion or perceptible heat. 2) Physics the emission of radiation in a similar manner to fluorescence but continuing after excitation ceases. DERIVATIVES phosphoresce verb… …   English terms dictionary

  • phosphoresce — /fos feuh res /, v.i., phosphoresced, phosphorescing. to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus. [1785 95; PHOSPHOR(US) + ESCE] * * * …   Universalium

  • phosphoresce — verb To exhibit phosphorescence …   Wiktionary

  • phosphoresce — phos·pho·resce .fäs fə res vi, resced; resc·ing to exhibit phosphorescence …   Medical dictionary

  • phosphoresce — phos·pho·resce …   English syllables

  • phosphoresce — phos•pho•resce [[t]ˌfɒs fəˈrɛs[/t]] v. i. resced, resc•ing phs to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • phosphoresce — /fɒsfəˈrɛs / (say fosfuh res) verb (i) (phosphoresced, phosphorescing) to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus. {phosphor(us) + esce} …   Australian English dictionary

  • phosphoresce — verb to exhibit phosphorescence • Derivationally related forms: ↑phosphorescent, ↑phosphorescence • Hypernyms: ↑exhibit • Verb Frames: Something s something …   Useful english dictionary

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