American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
- adj. Full of light; illuminated. See Synonyms at bright.
- adj. Easily comprehended; clear: luminous prose.
- adj. Enlightened and intelligent; inspiring: luminous ideas.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Radiating or reflecting light; giving out light, whether as an original or as a secondary source; illuminating; shining; radiant; bright.
- Producing or adapted to produce light; having the power of yielding light.
- Lighted up; illuminated; bright; clear; resplendent; rendering an effect of lightness or brightness, as a work of art or a color.
- Figuratively, brilliant; bright or resplendent to the mind.
- Clear or evident to the mind, as if emitting light or as if illuminated; of such a nature as to be readily apprehended by the understanding.
- Characterized by perspicuity of thought: as, a luminous intellect
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright.
- adj. Illuminated; full of light; bright.
- adj. Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible.
- adj. softly bright or radiant
- From Latin luminosus. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French lumineux, from Latin lūminōsus, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The removal men were insistent that I should outline his eyes in luminous paint and prop him up against the windows of my new abode, where he could freak drunken students out for a nighttime punt on the river.”
“A holographic map appeared on the desk between them, the property itself outlined in luminous red.”
“Written in luminous prose with unusual understanding, these essays offer an insightful look at a chaotic world. ”
“Ebbing, flowing, pulsing to some tremendous rhythm, the prism colors hurled themselves in luminous deluge across the firmament.”
“In 1904, its price was $10 – $15 per mg and just before the First World War, it escaladed to the astronomical price of $180.5 Radium showed up as a consumer commodity in luminous watches; in women's lotions and creams; in toothpastes, cigarettes, and radium condoms; in ointments for medical use; and in food, drinks, clothing, and endless medical products.”
“Immortalized in luminous squash: Alan Turing, one of our most esteemed nerd ancestors (and, incidentally, a gay man who lived in a time even more hostile to that identity than now).”
“The Odd Woman and A Mother and Two Daughters remain luminous in memory, like old, dear friends.”
“I loved her acting - she was incapable of playing a stupid part, and the word luminous fit her particular beauty well.”
“When a spectroscope is pointed to the margin of the sun so that the slit is radial, certain short luminous lines become visible which lie exactly in the prolongation of the corresponding dark lines in the solar spectrum.”
“I wish thee to believe that light in the bodies that we call luminous is nothing more than a very brisk and violent motion, which, by means of the air and other transparent media, is conveyed to the eye, exactly as the shock through the walking-stick reaches the hand of a blind man.”
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