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[trahy-boh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns, trib-oh-] /ˌtraɪ boʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns, ˌtrɪb oʊ-/
noun, Physics.
luminescence produced by friction, usually within a crystalline substance.
Origin of triboluminescence
1885-90; tribo- + luminescence
Related forms
triboluminescent, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triboluminescence
  • Peeling tape from a reel results in a phenomenon called triboluminescence.
  • It is apparent from the recorded counts per minute that triboluminescence does occur in this coal upon dehydration.
  • The glow is called luminescence or, more specifically, triboluminescence.
  • triboluminescence is another light-producing process that takes place when physical stress is applied to certain crystals.
British Dictionary definitions for triboluminescence


luminescence produced by friction, such as the emission of light when certain crystals are crushed
Derived Forms
triboluminescent, adjective
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