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luminesce

[loo-muh-nes] /ˌlu məˈnɛs/
verb (used without object), luminesced, luminescing.
1.
to exhibit luminescence.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; back formation from luminescent
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Examples from the web for luminesce
  • Promethium salts luminesce in the dark with a pale blue or greenish glow, due to their high radioactivity.
  • Ultraviolet light causes the mushroomlike fruiting bodies of myxomycetes, or slime molds, to luminesce with a ghostly aura.
  • There are numerous combinations of lights and filters that work to make inks luminesce.
  • The duration of dye luminesce is inversely proportional to the amount of oxygen present.
  • As the gas decays into helium, it produces low-energy beta particles, which strike the phosphor and cause it to luminesce.
  • Bacterial genes are modified such that they luminesce when exposed to trace levels of targeted compounds.
British Dictionary definitions for luminesce

luminesce

/ˌluːmɪˈnɛs/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to exhibit luminescence
Word Origin
back formation from luminescent
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