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sonoluminescence

[ son-uh-loo-muh-nes-uhns ]
/ ˌsɒn əˌlu məˈnɛs əns /
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noun Physics.

the emission of a flash of light accompanying the bursting of a bubble in a liquid when sound waves are passed through the liquid.

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Origin of sonoluminescence

First recorded in 1935–40; sono- + luminescence

OTHER WORDS FROM sonoluminescence

son·o·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective

Words nearby sonoluminescence

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British Dictionary definitions for sonoluminescence

sonoluminescence
/ (ˌsəʊnəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns) /

noun

luminescence produced by ultrasound
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