• WordNet 3.6
    • adj phosphorescent emitting light without appreciable heat as by slow oxidation of phosphorous "the phosphorescent glow of decaying wood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Phosphorescent Shining with a phosphoric light; luminous without sensible heat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phosphorescent Shining with a faint light or luminosity like that of phosphorus; luminous without sensible heat. Various animals are phosphorescent; as, among infusorians, the noctilucas (see cut under Noctiluca); among polyps, certain sea-pens (Pennatula phosphorea, for example); among insects, the glow-worm and other beetles of the family Lampyridæ (see cuts under firefly, Lampyris, and lightning-bug), and many bugs of the family Fulgoridæ. (see cut under lantern-fly); among ascidians, the pyrosomes or firebodies; and some fishes. A number of mineral substances exhibit a similar property after having been exposed to a bright light, though from a different cause, as calcium chlorid, anhydrous calcium nitrate, the sulphids of barium, strontium, calcium (luminous paint), the diamond, some varieties of fluor-spar. apatite, borax, and many other substances. Some mineral bodies become phosphorescent when strongly heated, as a piece of lime See phosphorescence.
    • n phosphorescent A substance having the property of phosphorescence, or luminosity without heat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Phosphorescent shining in the dark like phosphorus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. phosphorescent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.,—phōsphoros, light-bearer—phōs, light, phoros, bearing, from pherein, to bear.


In literature:

There is no light in these depths: they make it with their own phosphorescence.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The human aura is not in a state of calm phosphorescence, however.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Luminous patches of phosphorescent light begin to move in the water, "The mar-fire's rising," say the fishermen, the herring are stirring.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Down on the floor there was a dragging, scuffling sound, and from almost beneath me a pair of small red eyes peered up phosphorescently.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Its phosphorescence has often been observed.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Although this phosphorescence has been microscopically examined, it is but slightly understood.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Every breaking wave dissolved in phosphorescence.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Kroger tells me that there are phosphorescent bacteria living in the mold on the walls.
"The Dope on Mars" by John Michael Sharkey
Light is capable of entering into a kind of transitory union with certain substances, and this is what has been called phosphorescence.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
A phosphorescent gleam disturbed the darkness of the water.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 19th, 1914" by Various
The walls were lavender and phosphorescent.
"The Eternal Wall" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
At their feet the water was thick with the phosphorescence, shining more brilliantly than the moonlight.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
The phosphorescence is at first, and more ordinarily, recognizable at the surface of the hymenium.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
When the phosphorescent hands of his watch pointed to that hour he stealthily reached out and jabbed Knowlton, sleeping beside him.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
She looked at him, poised in uncertainty, her lovely white face glowing like a pale phosphorescent light in the dark.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
It had a silverish tint to it, and Dawson had the impression that he was flying straight through a phosphorescent ocean.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
The sailors of the Channel are familiar with those indescribable phosphorescences, full of warning for the navigator.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
You could see the breakers now, the phosphorescence of them.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
The mole took in his mouth a piece of phosphorescent wood, which glittered like fire in the dark.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The outline of the phosphorescent substance was developed on the plate.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby

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