Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shining with a faint light or luminosity like that of phosphorus; luminous without sensible heat. Various animals are phosphorescent; as, among infusorians, the noctilucas (see cut under
Noctiluca); among polyps, certain sea-pens (Pennatula phosphorea, for example); among insects, the glow-worm and other beetles of the family Lampyridæ (see cuts under firefly, Lampyris, and lightning-bug), and many bugs of the family Fulgoridæ. (see cut under lantern-fly); among ascidians, the pyrosomes or firebodies; and some fishes. A number of mineral substances exhibit a similar property after having been exposed to a bright light, though from a different cause, as calcium chlorid, anhydrous calcium nitrate, the sulphids of barium, strontium, calcium (luminous paint), the diamond, some varieties of fluor-spar. apatite, borax, and many other substances. Some mineral bodies become phosphorescent when strongly heated, as a piece of lime See phosphorescence.
- n. A substance having the property of phosphorescence, or luminosity without heat.
- adj. Having the property of emitting light for a period of time after the source of excitation is taken away, e.g., in electrostatic storage tubes and cathode-ray tubes.
- n. A phosphorescent substance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Shining with a phosphoric light; luminous without sensible heat.
- adj. emitting light without appreciable heat as by slow oxidation of phosphorous
- From phosphorus + -escent. It's interesting to note that technically phosphorus is not phosphorescent. Phosphorus is luminescent, it gives off light from a chemical reaction, as opposed to re-emission of absorbed energy (phosphorescence). (Reference: John Emsley, The Shocking History of Phosphorus, ISBN 0-330-39005-8.) (Wiktionary)
“Extract from a letter by Mr. S.C. Patterson, second officer of the P. and O. steamship _Delta_: a spectacle which the _Journal_ continues to call phosphorescent:”
“Wherever it is rubbed, in the dark, on a door, or on a wall, it leaves a luminous trail of a very peculiar appearance, which has been called phosphorescent, from the name of the substance which produces it.”
“Mr. Hoepfner however thinks the dispersion of the diamond by this great heat should be called a phosphorescent evaporation of it, rather than a combustion; and from its other analogies of crystallization, hardness, transparency, and place of its nativity, wishes again to replace it amongst the precious stones.”
“When zinc and sulphur are hested together in close vessels the sulphur rises in vapour without t ing to the zinc; but it is staled by Mr.E. Davy, that in some ex - perimenls made in the laboratoiy of the Royal Institution, in which sulphur in vapour was passed over melted zinc, they united, and formed a white crystalline substance, analogous to the substauce found in nature, and called phosphorescent blende.”
“phosphorescent' - but the children are still and utterly captivated.”
“- to call the phosphorescent-Slurpee spill of paint on our Genesis coupe: Lime Rock Green.”
“But once you start talking about washing sperm, intrauterine insemination, Microsort where they actually paint sperm with some kind of phosphorescent dye--eek, IVf, etc., that's up to you.”
“From behind his half-lowered eyelashes they shone with a kind of phosphorescent gleam — if I may so express myself — which was not the reflection of a fervid soul or of a playful fancy, but a glitter like to that of smooth steel, blinding but cold.”
“Waited until the light died down, then died out, leaving behind only the diagram, the lines now covered with a kind of phosphorescent slime.”
“From behind his half-lowered eyelashes they shone with a kind of phosphorescent gleam -- if I may so express myself -- which was not the reflection of a fervid soul or of a playful fancy, but a glitter like to that of smooth steel, blinding but cold.”
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