luminous

  • 1Luminous — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2Luminous — 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… …

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  • 3luminous — [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;… …

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  • 4luminous — index cognizable, coherent (clear), notable, outstanding (prominent) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5luminous — (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

  • 6luminous — *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

  • 7luminous — ► 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

  • 8luminous — [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

  • 9luminous — 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… …

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  • 10luminous — 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… …

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  • 11luminous — 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

  • 12luminous — lu|mi|nous [ lumınəs ] adjective 1. ) very bright: luminous pink flowers a ) shining in the dark: a luminous watch dial 2. ) MAINLY LITERARY very intelligent or beautiful: a luminous smile/face ╾ lu|min|os|it|y [ ,lumı nasəti ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13luminous — [[t]lu͟ːmɪnəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is luminous shines or glows in the dark. The luminous dial on the clock showed five minutes to seven. ...one of the most luminous and unstable stars in our Galaxy …

    English dictionary

  • 14luminous — adjective 1 made of a substance or material that shines in the dark: luminous paint | luminous road signs 2 very brightly coloured, especially in green, pink, or yellow: luminous socks luminously adverb luminosity noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15luminous — UK [ˈluːmɪnəs] / US [ˈlumɪnəs] adjective 1) a) very bright luminous pink flowers b) shining in the dark a luminous watch dial 2) mainly literary very intelligent or beautiful a luminous smile/face Derived word: luminosity UK [ˌluːmɪˈnɒsətɪ] / US… …

    English dictionary

  • 16luminous — adj. 1 full of or shedding light; radiant, bright, shining. 2 phosphorescent, visible in darkness (luminous paint). 3 (esp. of a writer or a writer s work) throwing light on a subject. 4 of visible radiation (luminous intensity). Derivatives:… …

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  • 17luminous — Emitting light, with or without accompanying heat. [L. lumen, light] * * * 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 * * * lu·mi·nous (looґmi… …

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  • 18luminous — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ highly ▪ faintly Luminous is used with these nouns: ↑eye …

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  • 19luminous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. luminary, lighted, glowing; incandescent, radiant, lit, alight, self luminous; phosphorescent, luminescent; bright, resplendent; clear, lucid. See light, meaning. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. lighted …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20luminous — adjective the luminous face of the alarm clock Syn: shining, bright, brilliant, radiant, dazzling, glowing, gleaming, scintillating, lustrous; luminescent, phosphorescent, fluorescent, incandescent See note at bright Ant …

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