- producing light: the luminiferous properties of a gas.
Origin of luminiferous
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Examples from the Web for luminiferous
I move through this "luminiferous ether" as if it were nothing.
The application of this to the luminiferous ether is immediate.Lord Kelvin
If we think of the modern theory of the luminiferous ether, we shall not be far from his view-point.Nature Mysticism
J. Edward Mercer
Thus stands the hypothesis of a luminiferous ether—in what must be allowed to be a very unsatisfactory condition.
The intangible substance which pulsates and undulates to produce light, Young christened the "luminiferous ether."A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
- Generating, yielding, or transmitting light.
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