from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Possessing in itself the property of emitting light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Luminous of itself; possessing in itself the property of emitting light: thus, the sun, fixed stars, flames of all kinds, bodies which shine in consequence of being heated or rubbed, are self-luminous.

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  • adj. having in itself the property of emitting light


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  • It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train - a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.

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  • In contrast to material reality, the Transcendental is fully conscious, dynamic, eternal, self-luminous, and without parts, and experiences no duality or opposition.

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  • The first act began in Japan fifty years ago, when Osamu Shimomura studied the self-luminous small crustacean ostracod Cypridina.

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  • So what we are dealing with here is a self-luminous reality, beyond conceptualization, endowed with all the qualities of a

    Hegel on Buddhism

  • Buddhist account of the moment-by-moment coproduction of self-luminous phenomena (257).

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  • Sumbody sent me an email of stars and how they looked young, and how dey look now movie stars – not the celestial, self-luminous bodies in da night sky, and Brigitte Bardot wuz one of dem.

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  • He seemed a small, self-luminous cloud at first, brooding on his sombre throne; his brain case must have measured many yards in diameter.

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  • Vedanta states that there is a common Self or common consciousness in all, urging us to forego the sense of individuality or possession, “I-ness”, or “my-ness” and identify ourselves with a self-existent, self-luminous Essence, seeing the Self in ourselves and in all beings.

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  • What is understood by the term of ‘self-luminous installation’?

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  • Perhaps the swift self-luminous thing they saw earlier?

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