[ loo-muh-nuhs ]
/ ˈlu mə nəs /
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
SYNONYMS FOR luminous
OTHER WORDS FROM luminous
lu·mi·nous·ly, adverblu·mi·nous·ness, nounnon·lu·mi·nous, adjectivenon·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverb
non·lu·mi·nous·ness, nounself-lu·mi·nous, adjectivesem·i·lu·mi·nous, adjectivesem·i·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbsem·i·lu·mi·nous·ness, nounun·lu·mi·nous, adjectiveun·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbun·lu·mi·nous·ness, noun
Words nearby luminous
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British Dictionary definitions for nonluminous
/ (ˈluːmɪnəs) /
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 luminousluminously, adverbluminousness, noun
Word Origin for luminous
C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light
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Medical definitions for nonluminous
[ lōō′mə-nəs ]
Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
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