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phosphorescence

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Persistent emission of light following exposure to and removal of incident radiation.
  • n. Emission of light without burning or by very slow burning without appreciable heat, as from the slow oxidation of phosphorous: "He saw the phosphorescence of the Gulf weed in the water” ( Ernest Hemingway).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The emission of light without any perceptible heat; the quality of being phosphorescent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being phosphorescent; or the act of phosphorescing.
  • n. A phosphoric light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being phosphorescent; the property which certain bodies possess of becoming luminous without undergoing combustion.

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

  • n. a fluorescence that persists after the bombarding radiation has ceased

Etymologies

From phosphorescent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This event is often referred to as phosphorescence, because when it was first studied, the light was mistakenly assumed to be caused by phosphorus.

    OVERBOARD !

  • Observing that the water charged with gelatinous particles is in an impure state, and that the luminous appearance in all common cases is produced by the agitation of the fluid in contact with the atmosphere, I am inclined to consider that the phosphorescence is the result of the decomposition of the organic particles, by which process (one is tempted almost to call it a kind of respiration) the ocean becomes purified.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • I am inclined to consider that the phosphorescence is the result of organic particles, by which process (one is tempted almost to call it a kind of respiration) the ocean becomes purified.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 19 — Travel and Adventure

  • Suppose that in an exhausted bulb, under the molecular impact, the surface of a piece of metal or other conductor is rendered strongly luminous, but at the same time it is found that it remains comparatively cool, would not this luminosity be called phosphorescence?

    Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency

  • = -- While the luminosity possessed by certain fungi cannot be said to be of distinct utility, their phosphorescence is a noteworthy phenomenon.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

  • The so-called phosphorescence of most inorganic bodies is one of a totally different nature from that exhibited in organic forms.

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • "It is called phosphorescence," replied the doctor, leaning over the bulwarks, and looking down at the fiery serpent that seemed as if it clung to the ship's rudder.

    The Red Eric

  • From this vantage point she could look across the vast undulating slopes of Haleakala's base, down to the shoreline, the crescent beach just beginning to glimmer with an odd kind of phosphorescence and the utterly black feathery silhouettes of the slender-boled palms.

    The Miko

  • The diamond is one of the best examples of this kind of phosphorescence, for if exposed to sunlight for a while, then covered and rapidly taken into black darkness, it will emit a curious phosphorescent glow for from one to ten seconds; the purer the stone, the longer, clearer and brighter the result.

    The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones

  • In the case of two flint stones, the light that is perceived is of an entirely different nature, for it is a phosphorescence which is produced, even by a very slight friction, not only between two pieces of silex, but also between two pieces of quartz, porcelain, or sugar; and that the heat developed is but slight is proved by the fact that the phenomenon may occur under water.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883

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