• WordNet 3.6
    • adj luminous softly bright or radiant "a house aglow with lights","glowing embers","lambent tongues of flame","the lucent moon","a sky luminous with stars"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Luminous Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible; as, a luminous mind. "Luminous eloquence.""A luminous statement."
    • Luminous Illuminated; full of light; bright; as, many candles made the room luminous . "Up the staircase moved a luminous space in the darkness."
    • Luminous Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is a luminous body; a luminous color. "Fire burneth wood, making it . . . luminous .""The mountains lift . . . their lofty and luminous heads."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • luminous Radiating or reflecting light; giving out light, whether as an original or as a secondary source; illuminating; shining; radiant; bright.
    • luminous Producing or adapted to produce light; having the power of yielding light.
    • luminous Lighted up; illuminated; bright; clear; resplendent; rendering an effect of lightness or brightness, as a work of art or a color.
    • luminous Figuratively, brilliant; bright or resplendent to the mind.
    • luminous Clear or evident to the mind, as if emitting light or as if illuminated; of such a nature as to be readily apprehended by the understanding.
    • luminous Characterized by perspicuity of thought: as, a luminous intellect
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Luminous giving light: shining: illuminated: clear: lucid
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  • Minnie Fiske
    Minnie Fiske
    “The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.”
  • Luis Bunuel
    “If someone were to prove to me -- right this minute -- that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “A book should be luminous not voluminous.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. luminosus, fr. lumen, light: cf. F. lumineux,. See Luminary Illuminate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lumen, luminis, light—lucēre, to shine.


In literature:

If Julia answered, it was only with a confused murmur, but she clung to him, and her luminous eyes never moved from his own.
"The Story Of Julia Page" by Kathleen Norris
As we approach, sun lighted surfaces come out still more luminously green.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
As Lady Sellingworth called herself bitterly by that name tears at last came into her luminous eyes.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
Up the staircase moved a luminous space in the darkness, Lighted less by the lamp than the shining face of the maiden.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
The room and its tenant glimmer before me as I write, luminous with the sunshine of more than fifty years ago.
"Hawthorne and His Circle" by Julian Hawthorne
The fog, without dispersing, became strangely luminous, and the sloop sailed along in a zone of electric light.
"The Field of Ice" by Jules Verne
It was quite unclothed, and had a remarkable luminous appearance.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Then her clouded face cleared suddenly with its luminous smile.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
The rollers had angry white tops, and a belt of filmy vapor that looked luminous closed the view ahead.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
In the stronger lighting of the Boulevard Haussmann her face seemed oddly childlike, oddly luminous with appeal.
"Alias The Lone Wolf" by Louis Joseph Vance
As the sun went down, the full moon arose, only less luminous, and gradually the stars began to light up their beaming fires.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
As the sun went down, the full moon arose, only less luminous, and gradually the stars began to light up their beaming fires.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Through them his darkly luminous gaze glowed upon Terry.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
EM Luminous intensity of a lamp, in candles.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 595, May 28, 1887" by Various
The luminous projection apparatus illustrated herewith, when adapted to a balance of precision, permits of effecting weighings very rapidly.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 799, April 25, 1891" by Various
But Vita Vladimir brushed her moment of weakness aside, and gazed up at him with luminous, searching eyes.
"The Men Who Wrought" by Ridgwell Cullum
I was within the luminous porch of the Milky Way.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
They have a ghostly, almost phosphorescent luminousness in the shadow of the valley, by the stream of water.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
Over the machine, over the face of the pilot, and over my hands lay a faintly luminous hue of amber-red.
"'Green Balls'" by Paul Bewsher
The Phantom stood lost in reflections, his deep gray eyes soft and luminous.
"The Gray Phantom's Return" by Herman Landon

In poetry:

Over the grey, low wall the olive flung
Her deeper greyness ; far off, hill on hill
Sloped to the sky, which, pearly-pale and still,
Above the large and luminous landscape hung.
"To Vernon Lee" by Amy Levy
Elysium of shades this soul of mine,
Shades silent, luminous, and wholly severed
From this tempestuous age, these restless times,
Their joys and griefs, their aims and their endeavours.
"Elysium Of Shades" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
He tossed them--tossed them--some in fantastic groups,
And some in luminous; some terrible.
And 'neath the Sower's steps, whose grain was stars,
The furrows of the sky, ecstatic, smoked.
"The Legend Of The Earth" by Sarah Anne Curzon
This soul that hates the vast black night of Death
Takes all the luminous past back tenderly,
Drowned in red blood, the Sun gives up his breath.
Thine image like a monstrance shines in me.
"Harmonic Du Soir" by Lord Alfred Douglas
'Twas a charm Turkish hands had once fixt on her neck
But a charm that her lover refus'd to replace;
"Thy hand my dear girl, with a gem let me deck,
Of more magical force, of more luminous grace!"
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
Oh, how to describe what my rapt eyes descry!
For the blue of the sky is the blue of his eye;
And the white clouds, whose whiteness the snowflakes outvie,
Are the luminous pinions on which he doth fly!
"The First Of The Angels" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

'Amazing Luminous Fountain' marks new era for di Rosa.
Shutterbugs and serious photophiles would do well to visit Luminous Landscape, which offers tutorials on both film and digital photographic technique, product reviews, essays on the craft, and a gallery of works by select photographers.
Luminous Husbands and Geriatric Cows A first collection of short fiction examines transcendent moments in the lives of ordinary people.
SUSAN JAFFE, the luminous classical ballerina with the flashing emerald eyes, gets straight to the point.
If blueprints can be believed, office towers, apartment houses, commuter rail terminals -- and now, even a subway station -- will shimmer luminously as they taper and soar.
Kirsten Dunst gives a luminous and grown-up performance in All Good Things.
Expo 70 Prisms Adrift Luminous Sunbeams Awakening Sonic Meditations.
NEW YORK — The latest revival of "The Heiress" has done the near impossible — it's drained the light from one of the most luminous actresses working today.
There's a reason the huge fish tank in the waiting area at Koi Spa is filled with the luminous orange fish for which the spa was named.
Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic add a fresh approach to the opera 'Where the Wild Things Are,' incorporating luminous animation to the classic Sendak tale.
In the Luminous Deep from the July 13, 2006 issue.
A unique aspect of Vajrayana Buddhism is how it actively works with darkness and negativity to transform them into luminous wisdom.
Homage to luminous French actress .
The Lumineers, last night at Liberty Hall.
In summer 1982, just about every movie fan spent a couple of hours in a theater enchanted by the sweet luminous eyes of a creature designed by Carlo Rambaldi.

In science:

In this “top-down” scenario field ellipticals have evolved quiescently since their formation, and therefore the number of massive/luminous field elliptical per co-moving volume should be constant at all redshifts between now and their formation epoch.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
In this “bottom-up” scenario, the number of massive/luminous elliptical field galaxies per co-moving volume increases over time.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
The availability of large format near-IR arrays has created the opportunity to search for the luminous field ellipticals at high redshift needed to carry-out this test.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
Despite such contamination problems, observed EROs number surface density should be able to place a stringent upper limit on luminous field elliptical galaxy number volume density at z > 1.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
We are applying a very straightforward principle here: high-redshift (z > 1) passively evolving luminous ellipticals will tend to satisfy all three criteria simultaneously while most sample interlopers (e.g., dusty starburst galaxies, M-type dwarf stars) will not.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
These results challenge those obtained from optical-UV observations, by revealing luminous to very luminous phases in galaxy evolution at substantial redshifts, likely corresponding to violent events of star-formation in massive systems.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
On this regard, recent surveys (see Sects. 10 and 11) have revealed that the far-IR sky is very much populated by luminous extragalactic sources, which implies that confusion starts to manifest already at relatively bright fluxes for even large space observatories.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
We also devote a substantial chapter (Sect. 6) to the description of local IR starbursts and ultra-luminous IR galaxies, to improve our chances of understanding their high-redshift counterparts.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
In higher luminosity starbursts and in Ultra-Luminous IR Galaxies (ULIRGs, e.g.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
One important application of IR spectroscopy was by Genzel et al. (1998), to investigate the nature of the primary energy source in IR luminous galaxies (see Sect. 6.8).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Also the origin of Es, S0s and of the bulges of spirals may have some relationship with luminous and ultra-luminous starburst events at high-z.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
For this reason we consider in this Section a sub-class of local galaxies, the starburst galaxies and the IR luminous and ultra-luminous galaxies, including a small fraction (few %) of all local ob jects, but accounting for a large percentage of the present-day star formation in galaxies.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
It not only involves luminous active starbursting galaxies, but also many other galaxies, like quiescent spirals.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The most luminous ob jects, if indeed powered by SF, have SFR up to 1000[M⊙/yr].
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Similar properties are observed in the hot halo plasmas around elliptical galaxies, also rising the question of a possible relationship of the hyper-luminous IR galaxy phenomenon with the formation of early-type galaxies.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View