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[trahy-boh-loo-muh-nes-uh ns, trib-oh-]
noun Physics.
  1. luminescence produced by friction, usually within a crystalline substance.
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Origin of triboluminescence

First recorded in 1885–90; tribo- + luminescence
Related formstri·bo·lu·mi·nes·cent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for triboluminescence

Historical Examples

  • Crystalloluminescence is much less widespread than triboluminescence.

    The Nature of Animal Light

    E. Newton Harvey

  • Gernez, D.: 1905, Triboluminescence des composés Métalliques.

British Dictionary definitions for triboluminescence


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