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[fos-fuh-res-uh nt] /ˌfɒs fəˈrɛs ənt/
exhibiting phosphorescence.
Origin of phosphorescent
1760-70; phosphor(us) + -escent
Related forms
phosphorescently, adverb
semiphosphorescent, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the far horizon is a skyline painted in phosphorescent hues.
  • The walls have been coated with phosphorescent paint, which causes the images to linger briefly as greenish ghosts.
  • There are only shadows there ahead of me and the occasional flicker of the phosphorescent clocks on the control panel.
  • It's always a thrill to see the almost phosphorescent green oil streaming from a stainless steel pipe.
  • On such days each little wave of the troubled water in the stock tank glitters with a blue phosphorescent light.
  • In the latter a beam of electrons sweeps back and forth across the screen, tickling a phosphorescent coating into emitting light.
  • In another number the dancers do effective precision performances with megaphones colored with phosphorescent paint.
  • The project also makes use of new phosphorescent host materials that are energetically matched to transport layers.
  • Framed by the dark beach and pale cliff, the sky and surf seem phosphorescent.
  • It often displays a phosphorescent purple sheen when taken from the water.
British Dictionary definitions for phosphorescent


exhibiting or having the property of phosphorescence
Derived Forms
phosphorescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phosphorescent

1766, from Modern Latin phosphorus (see phosphorus) + -escent. Related: Phosphorescently.

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