triboluminescence

[ trahy-boh-loo-muh-nes-uhns, trib-oh- ]
/ ˌtraɪ boʊˌlu məˈnɛs əns, ˌtrɪb oʊ- /

noun Physics.

luminescence produced by friction, usually within a crystalline substance.

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Origin of triboluminescence

First recorded in 1885–90; tribo- + luminescence

OTHER WORDS FROM triboluminescence

tri·bo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for triboluminescence

triboluminescence
/ (ˌtraɪbəʊˌluːmɪˈnɛsəns) /

noun

luminescence produced by friction, such as the emission of light when certain crystals are crushed

Derived forms of triboluminescence

triboluminescent, adjective
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