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cold light

light emitted by a source that is not incandescent, as from a firefly.
Origin of cold light
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When he awoke the cold light of the morning was stealing in.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was a cold light, and the chill of it went through Andrew.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • In the cold light of morning you may see our two proposals in their proper proportions.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • A searchlight bored a hole in the blackness, to bathe him in cold light.

  • I have found that cold, negative heat, is a concomitant of cold light.

  • Under the sky of Paris and its cold light the disillusion began.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Until one took the pains to examine them in the cold light of experience.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Unfamiliar constellations shed a cold light on the hillside.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Presently he shifted his gaze and regarded Kenset with a cold light that was evil.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • When he was sure the top was his the cold light died from his face.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
British Dictionary definitions for cold light

cold light

light emitted at low temperatures from a source that is not incandescent, such as fluorescence, phosphorescence, bioluminescence, or triboluminescence
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