- 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.
Origin of luminous
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1. lucid, radiant, resplendent, brilliant. 3. bright, intelligent. 4. understandable, perspicuous, lucid.
1, 2. dark. 3. stupid. 4. obscure.
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- 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
C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light
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Word Origin and History for nonluminous
early 15c., "full of light," from Latin luminosus "shining, full of light," from lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Related: Luminously.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
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