American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or state of being iridescent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being iridescent; exhibition of alternating or intermingling colors like those of the rainbow, as in mother-of-pearl, where it is an effect of interference (see interference, 5); any shimmer of glittering and changeable colors.
- n. The condition or state of being iridescent; exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow; a prismatic play of color.
- n. Any shimmer of glittering and changeable colors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Exhibition of colors like those of the rainbow, especially a surface reflection which changes color with the angle at which the object is viewed; the quality or state of being iridescent; a prismatic play of color. It is due to interference of light waves reflected from the front and back surfaces of a thin layer transparent or semitransparent film.
- n. the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
“This is what we call iridescence without illumination.”
“The colors are caused by a phenomenon called iridescence, in which light is scattered by the laminated platelets on the feathers.”
“There's no sham there; no deception -- except the iridescence, which is, as you doubtless know, an optical illusion attributable to the intervention of rays of light reflected from microscopic corrugations of the nacreous surface.”
“However, she had the charm, and those who feared her were also fond of her; the fear and the fondness being perhaps both heightened by what may be called the iridescence of her character -- the play of various, nay, contrary tendencies.”
“The term "iridescence" is used when the display of colour is seen on the surface, rather than coming out of the stone itself.”
“In some cases the Roman pearl has a true iridescence which is produced by "burning" colors into the hollow enamel bead.”
“A new study by Cambridge University has found that flowers take on different colours depending on the angle from which they are viewedâ€ "plant petals use the property, known as iridescence, to attract pollinators.”
“Tiny glasses of crystal-clear arak that clouded into milky iridescence when you added ice.”
“Rather was it a pearl, with the depth of iridescence of a pearl; but of a size all pearls of earth and time, welded into one, could not have totalled; and of a colour undreamed of in any pearl, or of anything else, for that matter, for it was the colour of the Red One.”
“He was beautiful and talked in stirring iridescence.”
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