• WordNet 3.6
    • n luminousness the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n luminousness The quality of being luminous, in any sense; brightness; clearness.
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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.”


In literature:

His luminous, protuberant eyes smiled sadly.
"Mother" by Maksim Gorky
The mood of the hour was expansive and a luminous personality pervaded the national life.
"The Mirrors of Washington" by Anonymous
But what are those two luminous spots?
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
He looked at her and wondered at the luminous delicacy of her beauty, and the wide shining of her eyes.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Where was that ad some Birmingham firm the luminous crucifix.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
It obeyed my touch, and turned its deeply luminous eyes first upon me, and then upon the Angel who accompanied my flight.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
Her face was luminous over the nest of white fur folding her neck.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
His adventure had not pursued its course luminously.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
When I attempted to touch the feet of his luminous body, it would change and again become the picture.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
Shadow I call it, but the word is not strictly correct, for it was luminous, though with a pale shine.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In poetry:

He is lost in the heart, in the cavern of Nature,
He is found in the brain where He builds up the thought:
In the pattern and bloom of the flowers He is woven,
In the luminous net of the stars He is caught.
"Who" by Sri Aurobindo
The gold ran molten in streams and the marble shattered,
A mighty furnace with heat and splendor brimmed,
And the burning silk in splendid flakes was scattered
From a furnace hearted with light and luminous-rimmed.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
O purged and luminous! you threaten me more than I can stand!
(I must not venture—the ground under my feet menaces me—it will not
support me:
O future too immense,)—O present, I return, while yet I may, to you.
"O Sun Of Real Peace" by Walt Whitman
So young, she was, and slender, so pale with wistful eyes
As luminous and tender as Kotri's twilight skies.
Her face broke into flowers, red flowers at the mouth,
Her voice,--she sang for hours like bulbuls in the south.
"Kotri," by Laurence Hope
CES. Say, if you have seen and considered it, what is the meaning of
this fire in the form of a heart with four wings, two of which have eyes
and the whole is girt with luminous rays and has round about it this
question: Nitimur incassum?
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
For Love, the tricksy pilot, still at our helm he sings,
Our darkest night is luminous with torchlight from his wings;
Loudly he sings and sweetly above the whistling gale,
And with Love’s music in our hearts, how could we turn or quail?
"The Voyage" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

' Luminous Field' will show Millennium Park in a new light.
' Luminous Field' at Millennium Park.
" Luminous Field" sound and video installation at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, which starts Feb 10.
If you're in Chicago Feb 10-20, make sure to check out the Luminous Field.
Luminous Art In The Park.
Lighted Boat Parade a luminous start to Christmas countdown.
Dark humor and luminous visual effects usher 'The Addams Family' into Salt Lake City.
The Gospel of John is luminous.
Luminous Mendelssohn Led by Mackerras.
Walk into the Monterey Bay Aquarium and you may find yourself surrounded by a ghostly swarm of luminous, pulsing phantoms.
About the Book Janet Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men.
Overlays using the product exhibit a luster created from semi-transparent pigments that emit a silky luminous shine, the company says.
Prescient Medical Reveals vProtect Luminal Shield Milestones.
Prescient Medical Inc announced it completed enrollment in February of 30 patients in the first phase of its first-in-human clinical trial for the vProtect Luminal Shield, conducted at the Corbic Research Institute in Colombia.
The vProtect Luminal Shield is a self-expanding intracoronary prosthesis designed to limit arterial injury that typically occurs when stents are deployed.

In science:

Should one assume that the IR SED of the ultra-luminous galaxy Arp 220 is representative of the average spectrum of the evolving population detected by ISOCAM LW3, then the consequence would be that the observed far-IR counts and the CIRB intensity are far exceeded.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Elbaz et al. (1999) and Aussel et al. (1999) find that 30 to 50% of them show clear evidence of peculiarities and multiple structures, in keeping with the local evidence that galaxy interactions are the primary trigger of luminous IR starbursts.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The latter would be particularly relevant in consideration of the typically complex dynamical structure of luminous IR starbursts.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
CIRB intensity (assumed typical SB SEDs) appears to be composed of luminous (Lbol ∼ 1011−1012 L⊙ ) starbursts in massive (M ∼ 1011 M⊙ ) galaxies at z ∼ 0.5 − 1, observed during a phase of active stellar formation.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Thanks to the unique advantage for deep sub-mm observations offered by the very peculiar K −correction, sub-mm surveys with sensitivities of few mJy at 850µm, have been able to detect high-redshift (very luminous) sources in flux-limited samples.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View