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verb (used without object), phos·pho·resced, phos·pho·resc·ing.
  1. to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus.
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Origin of phosphoresce

First recorded in 1785–95; phosphor(us) + -esce
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Related Words

shine, twinkle, gleam, sparkle, glint, glow, glare, glisten, flare, blink, reflect, beam, blaze, glance, dance, flash, jiggle, shimmy, coruscate, scintillate

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Historical Examples

  • Some substances also, which fluoresce at ordinary temperatures, will phosphoresce at low temperatures.

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey

  • There is, however, another possible way how a conductor might at least appear to phosphoresce.

  • Its dead color brightens considerably under the molecular impact, but I am now convinced it does not phosphoresce.

  • I took a screen made of zincblende, which will phosphoresce when the emanations of radium fall upon it.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting

  • But from numerous experiments I find that bodies will phosphoresce in actual contact with the negative pole.

British Dictionary definitions for phosphoresce


  1. (intr) to exhibit phosphorescence
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