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luminous

[ loo-muh-nuhs ]
/ ˈlu mə nəs /
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adjective
radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
lighted up or illuminated; well-lighted: the luminous ballroom.
brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose.
clear; readily intelligible:a concise, luminous report.
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Origin of luminous

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word lūminōsus.See lumen, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for luminous

luminous
/ (ˈluːmɪnəs) /

adjective
radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowingluminous colours
(not in technical use) exhibiting luminescenceluminous paint
full of light; well-lit
(of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated according to the visual sensation produced in an observer rather than by absolute energy measurementsluminous flux; luminous intensity Compare radiant
easily understood; lucid; clear
enlightening or wise

Derived forms of luminous

luminously, adverbluminousness, noun

Word Origin for luminous

C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light
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Medical definitions for luminous

luminous
[ lōōmə-nəs ]

adj.
Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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