Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to fluorescence.
  • adjective Exhibiting or produced by fluorescence.
  • adjective Glowing as if with fluorescence; vivid.
  • adjective Of or relating to a light bulb that produces visible light by fluorescence, especially a glass tube whose inner wall is coated with a material that fluoresces when an electrical current causes a vapor within the tube to discharge electrons.
  • noun A fluorescent light bulb.
  • noun A lamp that is fitted with a fluorescent light bulb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Possessing the property of fluorescence; exhibiting fluorescence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the property of fluorescence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to fluorescence
  • adjective Exhibiting or produced by fluorescence
  • adjective Emitting visible light as a result of the excitation of phosphors by ultraviolet photons produced by the passage of an electrical current through an inert gas infused with mercury.
  • adjective Glowing as if with fluorescence; vivid
  • noun A fluorescent light

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

  • noun a lighting fixture that uses a fluorescent lamp
  • adjective brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light
  • adjective emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From fluorescence fluor +‎ -escent

Examples

  • He displayed photos of himself in fluorescent orange hunting gear and asked people, Does this guy look like an animal-rights activist?

    Hunters Exchange Fire Over What

  • You are rewarded for the discovery and characterisation of the green fluorescent protein, for first expressing GFP in fluorescent form in important model organisms and for the development of GFP and its homologues to a universal set of genetic tags for protein localisation, protein movement and protein interactions in the cells of all types of organisms.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008 - Presentation Speech

  • LED bulbs are a way to save the same energy (or a little more) without the toxic mercury compounds in fluorescent bulbs.

    The $10 Million Light Bulb - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • It was easy to imagine legions of Internet-era Andrew Marvells staying up late in fluorescent-lit cubicles appending metaphysical exclamation points to celebrity photo captions that would rocket readers ever closer to the celestial objects of their desire:

    Shooting Britney

  • It was easy to imagine legions of Internet-era Andrew Marvells staying up late in fluorescent-lit cubicles appending metaphysical exclamation points to celebrity photo captions that would rocket readers ever closer to the celestial objects of their desire:

    Shooting Britney

  • It was easy to imagine legions of Internet-era Andrew Marvells staying up late in fluorescent-lit cubicles appending metaphysical exclamation points to celebrity photo captions that would rocket readers ever closer to the celestial objects of their desire:

    Shooting Britney

  • I wonder how that works with mercury being used in fluorescent tubes and all.

    RECYCLED TUBE LIGHT by Castor Canadensis | Inhabitat

  • Sitting alone on the counter, bathed in fluorescent light was a long-lost friend — a can of Rotel Tomatoes.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Sitting alone on the counter, bathed in fluorescent light was a long-lost friend — a can of Rotel Tomatoes.

    Add a can, lose the bland | Homesick Texan

  • It is awash in fluorescent green Nessie souvenirs (why green?), most of which were made in China.

    NESSIE ON THE HALF SHELL

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