from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Emitting light, especially in the dark; shining.
- adjective Reflecting light; illuminated: synonym: bright.
- adjective Having a high degree of saturation.
- adjective Presented or perceived clearly or vividly.
- adjective Enlightened or intelligent.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright
- adjective Illuminated; full of light; bright.
- adjective Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible.
- adjective a paint made up with some phosphorescent substance, as sulphide of calcium, which after exposure to a strong light is luminous in the dark for a time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
emitting light; glowing brightly
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective softly bright or radiant
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Ebbing, flowing, pulsing to some tremendous rhythm, the prism colors hurled themselves in luminous deluge across the firmament.
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. '
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.
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.