verb (used without object), lu·mi·nesced, lu·mi·nesc·ing.

to exhibit luminescence.

Origin of luminesce

First recorded in 1895–1900; back formation from luminescent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luminesce

Historical Examples of luminesce

  • Luminous bacteria are also very sensitive to oxygen and cease to luminesce in its absence.

  • Luminous bacteria will continue to luminesce although they are grown in the dark for many weeks.

  • They only luminesce at night and fail to respond to stimulation or are difficult to stimulate during the day.

  • On the other hand, a great many forms are able to luminesce quite independently of previous illumination.

  • Some forms, ordinarily producing light, will grow, but fail to luminesce at high temperatures.

British Dictionary definitions for luminesce



(intr) to exhibit luminescence

Word Origin for luminesce

back formation from luminescent
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