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Webster 1913 Edition


Luminous

Lu′mi-nous

,
Adj.
[L.
luminosus
, fr.
lumen
light: cf. F.
lumineux
. See
Luminary
,
Illuminate
.]
1.
Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright;
as, the is a
luminous
body; a
luminous
color.
Fire burneth wood, making it . . .
luminous
.
Bacon.
The mountains lift . . . their lofty and
luminous
heads.
Longfellow.
2.
Illuminated; full of light; bright;
as, many candles made the room
luminous
.
Up the staircase moved a
luminous
space in the darkness.
Longfellow.
3.
Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible;
as, a
luminous
mind
.
Luminous eloquence.”
Macaulay.
“ A luminous statement.”
Brougham.
Luminous paint
,
a paint made up with some phosphorescent substance, as sulphide of calcium, which after exposure to a strong light is luminous in the dark for a time.
Syn. – Lucid; clear; shining; perspicuous.
Lu′mi-nous-ly
,
adv.
Lu′mi-nous-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Luminous

LU'MINOUS

,
Adj.
[L. luminosus.]
1.
Shining; emitting light. The sun is a most luminous body.
2.
Light; illuminated. The moon is rendered luminous by the rays of the sun.
3.
Bright; shining; as a luminous color.
4.
Clear; as a luminous essay or argument.

Definition 2022


luminous

luminous

English

Adjective

luminous (comparative more luminous, superlative most luminous)

  1. emitting light; glowing brightly
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 11,
      The bonfire in his heart made luminous the rose-tan in his cheek.
  2. brightly illuminated

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