• WordNet 3.6
    • n phosphorescence a fluorescence that persists after the bombarding radiation has ceased
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phosphorescence A phosphoric light.
    • Phosphorescence The quality or state of being phosphorescent; or the act of phosphorescing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phosphorescence The state or character of being phosphorescent; the property which certain bodies possess of becoming luminous without undergoing combustion. Phosphorescence is sometimes a chemical, sometimes a physical action. When chemical, it consists essentially in slow oxidation attended with evolution of light, as in the case of phosphorus. When physical, it consists in the continuation of the molecular vibrations causing the emission of light after the body has ceased to be exposed to the light-radiation (or, more generally, radiant energy) to which this motion is due; this is seen in the case of the diamond, chlorophane, sugar, barium and calcium sulphids, and many other substances. Phosphorescence is also produced in some crystals (diamond, calcite, etc.) by exposure to the electrical discharge in a vacuum-tube. The phosphorescence of the sea is produced by the scintillating or phosphorescent light emitted from the bodies of certain marine animals. The luminosity of plants is a condition under which certain plants (always, so far as now known, Thallophytes) evolve light. The so-called luminosity or phosphorescence of decaying wood is due to the presence of the mycelium of Agaricus melleus. Other luminous fungi are Agnricus olearius, A. igneus, A. noctilus, and A. Gardneri. Various algæ and diatoms also exhibit tins phenomenon. See cut under Noctiluca.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. phosphorescence,


In literature:

The nebulae seemed to Herschel to be vast masses of phosphorescent vapour.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The cause of the phosphorescence is still a mystery.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The phosphorescence of decayed fish-skins was tried; but this, though safe, was very inefficient.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
All around me were little ripples, combing over with a sharp, bristling sound and slightly phosphorescent.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is interesting to remain on deck at night and watch the heavens as we glide through the phosphorescent sea.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
He started and looked involuntarily toward the phosphorescent line of breakers.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I went on deck to see the wonderful phosphorescent display.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Close by, some big phosphorescent mushrooms illuminated the darkness with their faint, ghastly gleams of light.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
The water was alive with phosphorescence that sparkled like gems around the blades.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
The phosphorescence of these traces, or luminous bands, lasted seven or eight seconds.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock

In poetry:

The flower that, when the air is still
And no land breezes blow,
From its pale petals can distil
A phosphorescent glow.
"Malay Song" by Laurence Hope
With one beside me in whose eyes
Once more old Nature finds a home;
There treasures up her changeful skies,
Her phosphorescent foam.
"A Prayer for the Past: Now far from my old northern land," by George MacDonald
Intent and brilliant, brightly dark,
She saw his burning, eager eyes,
And many a phosphorescent spark
About his shoulders fall and rise.
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
He asks no questions of the snake,
Nor plumbs the phosphorescent gloom
Where lidless fishes, broad awake,
Swim staring at a nightmare doom.
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
O triple goddess! Contemplate my plight!
Opacity, my fate! Change, my delight!
The yellow tom-cat, sunk in shifting fur,
Changes and dreams, a phosphorescent blur.
"Sonnet To The Moon" by Yvor Winters

In news:

It was more respectable than angelology, true, and more esteemed than the study of phosphorescent mold.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louis E Stern Col. "Figures at Night Guided by the Phosphorescent Tracks of Snails".
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent plays '70s-influenced indie-folk with a deep melancholy soul.
Just 20 seconds into the new Phosphorescent album, you hear something so immediate, so purposeful, so damn infectious, it's clear that something special is underway.
In 2003, he began releasing music as Phosphorescent and recently earned a fan in Willie Nelson, who invited Houck onstage at Farm Aid.
A chat with Phosphorescent .
All Blogs On The Download Burning Willie Questions: A chat with Phosphorescent .
Phosphorescent performing Nelson's "Reasons to Quit" at the Cake Shop, NYC, 10.24.08.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Matthew Houck aka Phosphorescent plays his dark, drowsy indie-folk live for KEXP listeners.
Episode #40: Phosphorescent - "Wolves".
Bon Iver, Franz Nicolay, Lisa Hannigan, Love Language, Phosphorescent .
All Blogs On The Download The Week in Free Mp3s: Bon Iver, Franz Nicolay, Lisa Hannigan, Love Language, Phosphorescent .
Critics' Choices and other notable shows: Night Gallery, Phosphorescent, Cephalic Carnage and Decrepit Birth, Vox Arcana, and more.
In lieu of a Champagne bottle smashed against a hull, there was late-night bourbon and diving off the roof of the Queen Zenobia into dark waters lighted with natural phosphorescence.
Like faded postcards of watercolor scenes scrawled over with words of longing, Athens, Georgia's Phosphorescent maps inner and outer landscapes set to pedal steel, shambling drums and looping chorale harmonies.

In science:

Becquerel also was engaged in chemical experiments, in his research on phosphorescence exploiting the chemistry of photographic-plate materials.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity
Photos on fig.1-4 are negative photographs of integral phosphorescence of 2-5mm thick polished sections of the speleothem samples under excitation by impulse Xe-lamp in the entire UV and visible spectra.
Luminescence of Speleothems in Italian Gypsum Caves: Preliminary Report