from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being luminous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being luminous, in any sense; brightness; clearness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light


luminous +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • He seeks to assess mysticism's veracity not merely on account of its "luminousness".

    William James, part 6: Mystical states

  • Radium Coke - Not to be outdone by rival Pepsi, Coca-Cola introduces its latest product with an epic commercial that salutes its own 1971 hilltop "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" ad, with a cross-section of new, hip young people singing at night, their bodies aglow in radioactive luminousness caused by ingesting the metallic element.

    Spencer Green: Sneak Peek: Super Super Bowl Commercials!

  • Abe Lincoln had the ears (and the beard, and the stove-pipe hat); Bill Clinton had a nose that glowed red, almost to luminousness, as his allergies assailed him.

    Election Central Saturday Roundup

  • — The sea from its extreme luminousness presented a wonderful & most beautiful appearance; every part of the water, which by day is seen as foam, glowed with a pale light.

    Darwin's bioluminescence.

  • It appeared dark, for a moment, against the blue sky behind it; then the fleeting cloud which shadowed it passed on, and the face of the column brightened into such luminousness that the sky behind sank to the complexion of a dark foil.

    Two on a Tower

  • The two white gates were distinct, and the white balls on the pillars, and the puddles and damp ruts left by the recent rain, had a cold, corpse-eyed luminousness.

    The Woodlanders

  • Everything about them is operatic and larger than life: Tom's determination to find a cure for Izzy and his fear of losing her, Izzy's ever-increasing luminousness in the face of death, their love for one another.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • The triangular, black fins of sharks, like small, hard sails of hell – boats, amid the swimming luminousness.


  • And its blueness, even in the vial, held an intensity of luminousness.

    The Moon Pool

  • There was some of the uncanny luminousness of the sunlit sea in the air.

    The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

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