self-luminous

luminous

[loo-muh-nuhs]
adjective
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 or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose.
4.
clear; readily intelligible: a concise, luminous report.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin lūminōsus. See lumen, -ous

luminously, adverb
luminousness, noun
nonluminous, adjective
nonluminously, adverb
nonluminousness, noun
self-luminous, adjective
semiluminous, adjective
semiluminously, adverb
semiluminousness, noun
unluminous, adjective
unluminously, adverb
unluminousness, noun


1. lucid, radiant, resplendent, brilliant. 3. bright, intelligent. 4. understandable, perspicuous, lucid.


1, 2. dark. 3. stupid. 4. obscure.
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luminous (ˈluːmɪnəs)
 
adj
1.  radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowing: luminous colours
2.  (not in technical use) exhibiting luminescence: luminous paint
3.  full of light; well-lit
4.  Compare radiant (of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated according to the visual sensation produced in an observer rather than by absolute energy measurements: luminous flux; luminous intensity
5.  easily understood; lucid; clear
6.  enlightening or wise
 
[C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light]
 
'luminously
 
adv
 
'luminousness
 
n

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luminous
early 15c., "full of light," from L. luminosus "shining, full of light," from lumen (gen. luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)).
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luminous lu·mi·nous (lōō'mə-nəs)
adj.
Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.

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