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  • adv. In a luminous manner, brightly, glowingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a luminous manner; with brightness or clearness.


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luminous +‎ -ly


  • Showing in the blue abysm vistas luminously strange,

    The Voyage of Magellan

  • And when Freda turned her head against his shoulder, her hair brushing his cheek till his eyes met hers, full and at close range, luminously soft, ay, and tender -- why, whose fault was it that he lost his grip utterly?

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • "Well?" he demanded abruptly, and in the pause, while twenty faces wreathed in smiles and twenty pairs of dark eyes glowed luminously with well-wishing pleasure, he wiped the lingering drops of gin and milk from his hairy lips.


  • Saturated with color or chiaroscuro black and white, luminously grainy and non-linear, each film opens up a specific world in a dreamlike way, from the rhythms of Chinatown to the trancelike experience of a band touring and performing.

    Ann Hornaday talks to filmmaker Jem Cohen, ambassador to a dreamlike world

  • Eminently lyrical and rapturous in the cinematic manifold that it kaleidoscopically brings into and out of focus onscreen with each turn of the Malick lens, Tree of Life is one of those singular cinematic milestones that makes its mark by being both breathtaking in its minimalist imagery and profound in its unspoken yet luminously metaphysical symbolism.

    G. Roger Denson: Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Plays Garden of Eden to the Family of Man

  • The architect has a way with volumes lighting them luminously or layering in texture whether eucalyptus sticks or planked concrete.

    The New Icons of Design

  • The paragraph holds luminously good still for either Bobby – Jones or Moore:What we talk about here is not the hero as sportsman, but that something which a civilised community hungered for and found: the best performer in the world who was also hero as human being, the gentle, wholly self-sufficient male.

    My dream job as Bobby Moore's minder for a fortnight | Frank Keating

  • I can't guarantee that this evening will change your life as profoundly and luminously as the one that introduced me to these realms thirty years ago.

    Howard A. Rodman: A Spectre is Haunting Los Angeles: Fantômas at the Hammer Museum

  • My highlights included the revival of Lucinda Childs' luminously structured Dance; Wim Wenders' homage to Pina Bausch; and the Merce Cunningham Company dancing its last ever UK season, in works that went all the way back to the gloriously subversive Antic Meet.

    The best dance of 2011: Judith Mackrell's choice

  • For instance, he used unorthodox expressive markings, such as "caressingly," "velvet-like" and "luminously," which, in his later works, altogether replaced actual tempo indications.

    Orchestrating an Extrasensory Sound in Living Color


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