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

  • adjective Reflecting light; shining.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Throwing back light; shining; luminous; glittering; bright; eminent.

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

  • adjective Reflecting light; shining; glittering; glistening; bright; luminous; splendid.

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

  • adjective shining with reflected light.


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

[Latin relūcēns, relūcent-, present participle of relūcēre, to shine back : re-, re- + lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word relucent.


  • And instant by instant the flood of varicolored flame that poured into its petalings down from the sapphire ovoids waxed and waned in crescendoes and diminuendoes of relucent harmonies — ecstatic, awesome.

    The Metal Monster 2004

  • Now he was resplendent in what the invitation cards call "Morning Dress" crowned by what must certainly have been the most relucent top-hat in London.

    The Yellow Streak Valentine Williams 1914

  • Haec autem pie intelligentibus et ueraci corde tenentibus satis abundeque relucent.

    The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius 1908

  • Two ponderous policemen were conducting between them a woman dressed as if for the stage, in a short, white, satiny skirt reaching to the knees, pink stockings, and a sort of sleeveless bodice bright with relucent, armour-like scales.

    Whirligigs O. Henry 1886

  • The disciple would have his works tried by the fire, not only that the gold and the precious stones may emerge relucent, but that the wood and hay and stubble may perish.

    England's Antiphon MacDonald, George, 1824-1905 1868

  • He carried her into the passage, and gave her the keeper's chair; after which, reminded of the programme so carefully laid out by him, he returned with Nilo to the court, where the illumination in the sky still dropped its relucent flush.

    The Prince of India — Volume 02 Lewis Wallace 1866

  • A thousand desires hotter than flame bound my eyes to the relucent eyes which only upon the griffon were standing fixed.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11 Charles Dudley Warner 1864

  • Quando eorum Pietas et Providentia, in Posteris suis relucent.

    Collins's peerage of England; genealogical, biographical, and historical 1812

  • Silent awhile and smooth The current glides, till with an headlong force Broke and disordef'd, down the steep it falls In loud cascades; the sulver-sparkling foam Glitters relucent in the dancing ray.

    Poetical works. Collated with the best editions Park, Thomas, 1759-1834 1812

  • In brighter mazes the relucent ftream Plays o'er the mead.

    The works of the English poets; with prefaces, biographical and critical 1790


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.