iridescent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj iridescent having a play of lustrous rainbow colors "an iridescent oil slick","nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl","a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"
    • adj iridescent varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles "changeable taffeta","chatoyant (or shot) silk","a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Iridescent Having colors like the rainbow; exhibiting a play of changeable colors; nacreous; prismatic; as, iridescent glass. See iridescence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • iridescent Exhibiting or giving out colors like those of the rainbow; gleaming or shimmering with rainbow colors; more generally, glittering with different colors which change according to the light in which they are viewed, without reference to what the colors are; lustrously versicolor; of changeable metallic sheen, as certain birds, insects, minerals, glass, fabrics, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Iridescent coloured like the iris or rainbow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. iris, iridis, the rainbow: cf. F. iridescent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. iris, iridis—Gr. iris, iridos, the rainbow.

Usage

In literature:

But "Meadow Sweet" is simply iridescent with cheer, a most unusually sweet song, and "The Heart's Rest" is of equal perfection.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
Have you noticed the iridescent sparkle when the wind ripples the blades?
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
They were the faintest, clearest blue lavender, with iridescent peaks merging into the iridescent sky.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
They are too often like the iridescent scum on a stagnant pond, fruit and proof of corruption.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
There was little or no furniture about, and the floor of iridescent mosaic was innocent of carpet.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Now his eyes were fixed upon the rolling, iridescent cloud-mass below.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
On one of the iridescent clouds we encountered the figure of Moses.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
The ice on the trees of Central Park was a diamond iridescence.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The bronze at the top is inlaid with shell of an iridescent colour.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The business that so occupied these winged and flashing gems, these darting iridescences, was in truth the universal business of hunting.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The floor, inlaid with iridescent tiles that Persian hands had painted, was strewn with costly stuffs and furs.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Such iridescence on their wings; but the most beautiful of all are the great gray ones, senor, the silver butterflies.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Through the dense blackness they could see the iridescent waters writhing and gleaming below.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Look for their iridescence of edges of shadow, and of the contours of objects.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
In the clear light of a window at the woman's back, her hair, with a groundwork of crimson, was overshot with iridescent lights.
"Rosemary in Search of a Father" by C. N. Williamson
But to Barbara the iridescent glory was somehow more sad than gloom.
"Barbara Ladd" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Something stretchy and iridescent, like an oil-slick.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Compared with Chopin, his music lacks iridescence and shows a want of brilliancy.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
The shore here is strewn with the iridescent purple shells of a small oyster, which lie gleaming like coloured pearls on the sand and weed.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
There are many species, and their bright iridescent colors and striking wing-patterns make them very beautiful.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In poetry:

"Purification of politics
Is an iridescent dream,"
Is the Ingalls way of saying that
Corruption's power's supreme.
"Our Politics" by Jared Barhite
O'erhead, the iridescence of the stars,
Ray blending softly with refulgent ray;
Below, above the harbor's hidden bars,
The crumbling iridescence of the spray.
"Sea Lyrics" by Clinton Scollard
From out the iridescent veil of Night
The princess of the past smiles down on me.
Only in dreams her hands are laid in mine.
Only in dreams her shining eyes I see.
"Broceliande" by Ethel Clifford
The green and stagnant waters lick His feet,
And from their filmy, iridescent scum
Clouds of mosquitoes, gauzy in the heat,
Rise with His gifts: Death and Delirium.
"Malaria" by Laurence Hope
For the blade of the hoe crashed into glass,
And the vase fell to iridescent sherds.
The old man's body heaved with slow, dry sobs.
He did not curse, he had no words.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
Here space and time exist in light
the eye like the eye of faith believes.
The seen, the known
dissolve in iridescence, become
illusive flesh of light
that was not, was, forever is.
"Monet's Waterlilies" by Robert Hayden

In news:

We had fun squirting iridescent bubbles at each other.
Linkin Park Announce ' Iridescent ' Artwork Contest.
Linkin Park has announced a new contest open to fans that asks them to create the artwork for their new single " Iridescent ".
The mid-century sifters at White Trash have amassed 288 of these iridescent penknife key chains originally sold as souvenirs in the fifties ($6.
This 2009 gown with mother-of-pearl iridescence nearly matched Anne Hathaway 's megawatt smile.
She used a soft powder taupe for the crease, beginning at the outer corner and blending from the outside in and brushed an iridescent white shimmer powder shadow on the brow bone and in the corner of the eye to open it up.
An iridescent crushed-glass seed feeder, a decorative butterfly suet feeder, and an unusual spinning feeder that deters squirrels.
Enjoy the iridescence of this attractive crushed-glass feeder and the birds that visit it.
Spring is in full bloom with dance: BW Emeralds, RW Iridescence, RDT auditions.
It has iridescent blue streaks and patches.
The Rise of Iridescent Information.
North Shoreview Montessori School has partnered with Iridescent, a nonprofit team of engineers, scientists, anthropologists and educators, to host a four-week Family Science engineering program.
They ranged in color from bright red to iridescent blue, from mustard gold to dark brown.
Ancient or modern, iridescent glass jewelry is popular.
HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS: This creamy lipstick has a bronzy taupe shade and an iridescent, sandy nude.
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In science:

Rendering iridescent colors appearing on natural objects.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
Rendering biological iridescences with rgb–ba sed renderers.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
Rendering iridescent colors of optical disks.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
The beautiful early microscopy observations by Hachisu et al. unambiguously showed the existence, at low volume fractions, of colloidal crystals and crystalline alloys, which Bragg-reflect visible light and are, in particular, responsible for the iridescence of opals.
Effective interactions between electric double-layers
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