[trahy-boh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns, trib-oh-]

noun Physics.

luminescence produced by friction, usually within a crystalline substance.

Origin of triboluminescence

First recorded in 1885–90; tribo- + luminescence
Related formstri·bo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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