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luminous

[loo-muh-nuhs]
adjective
  1. radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
  2. lighted up or illuminated; well-lighted: the luminous ballroom.
  3. brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose.
  4. 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
Related formslu·mi·nous·ly, adverblu·mi·nous·ness, nounnon·lu·mi·nous, adjectivenon·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbnon·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

Synonyms

Antonyms

1, 2. dark. 3. stupid. 4. obscure.
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Examples from the Web for self-luminous

Historical Examples

  • The interior of Jupiter is very hot, but the planet is not self-luminous.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)

    J. Arthur Thomson

  • There are self-luminous suns exceeding in number all computation.

  • Herschel thought that both the comet of 1811 and that of 1807 were self-luminous.

  • It is two suns, self-luminous, revolving around each other, and neither able to throw upon its mate the burden of its shining.

    A New Atmosphere

    Gail Hamilton

  • These last appear to be suns in the closing period of existence as self-luminous bodies.

    Curiosities of the Sky

    Garrett Serviss


British Dictionary definitions for self-luminous

luminous

adjective
  1. radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowingluminous colours
  2. (not in technical use) exhibiting luminescenceluminous paint
  3. full of light; well-lit
  4. (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
  5. easily understood; lucid; clear
  6. enlightening or wise
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Derived Formsluminously, adverbluminousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light
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Word Origin and History for self-luminous

luminous

adj.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-luminous in Medicine

luminous

(lōōmə-nəs)
adj.
  1. Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
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