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triboluminescence

[trahy-boh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns, trib-oh-] /ˌtraɪ boʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns, ˌtrɪb oʊ-/
noun, Physics.
1.
luminescence produced by friction, usually within a crystalline substance.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; tribo- + luminescence
Related forms
triboluminescent, adjective
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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

triboluminescence

/ˌtraɪbəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns/
noun
1.
luminescence produced by friction, such as the emission of light when certain crystals are crushed
Derived Forms
triboluminescent, adjective
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