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[loo-muh-nes] /ˌlu məˈnɛs/
verb (used without object), luminesced, luminescing.
to exhibit luminescence.
Origin of luminesce
1895-1900; back formation from luminescent Unabridged
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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


(intransitive) to exhibit luminescence
Word Origin
back formation from luminescent
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