opalesce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v opalesce exhibit a play of colors like that of an opal "This nitrate opalesces under certain conditions"
    • v opalesce reflect light or colors like an opal "Distant clouds opalesce like pale brocade","raindrops caught in a sunbeam seem to opalesce"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Opalesce To give forth a play of colors, like the opal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • opalesce To give forth a play of colors like the opal; exhibit opalescence.
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Usage

In literature:

Above the city, its dome was opalescent in the morning sun.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Inside a room rose, high, domed, vaulted above his head, whitish opalescent, washed with green.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The whole was glowing with opalescent light.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The lights were rapidly fading to beautiful opalescent hues.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
He found himself among rugged, heathy ground, the hollow palm of the island, now suffused with milky opalescence, for the sun was setting.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
The soft, opalescent mornings are fragrant with love and pleasure.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Some of them were tinted black while the others glowed opalescent.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Opalescent: with a bluish white lustre, as in opals.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The vivid opalescent lights of the western sky grew fainter, faded.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
It was not yet dark; the world was in a soft glow of rose and violet, opalescent lights.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
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In poetry:

An infinite
Resignedness
Rains where the white
Mists opalesce
In the moon-shower. . . .
"O'er The Wood's Brow" by Paul Verlaine
Sad am I, sad for your loss: for failing the charm of your presence,
Even the sunshine has paled, leaving the Zenith less blue.
Even the ocean lessens the light of its green opalescence,
Since, to my sorrow I loved, loved and grew weary of, you.
"Reverie Of Ormuz The Persian" by Laurence Hope

In news:

A pair of opalescent Suzanne and Thais art glass statuettes on bronze illuminating bases, circa 1925, is expected to lead the Lalique selection.
The beauty and opalescence of authentic Tiffany lamps have charmed people for more than a century.
75-$100 Where to buy: Check opalescence.com for locations The plan: Wear these flavored (mint, melon, or peach) whitening trays for 60 minutes once a day for visibly brighter teeth in days.
It was nearly 4 pm by the time they saw the distinctive white rocks along the Opalescent River, suggesting that the goal was finally at hand.
The sea cucumbers in front of him, from the Kyushu region of Japan, were an opalescent blue-gray with brown and cream spots and swirls vaguely reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting.
WAC Lighting's Mini Brittany pendants and wall sconces are designed with layers of classic Italian Opaline glass that blossom into an opalescent flower in.
Madonna 's corset by Jean-Paul Gaultier is of green silk with conical cups and beaded fringe, embroidered with candy stripes of opalescent sequins and peppermint bugle beads.
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In science:

In the treatment of a liquid as a liquid the Ornstein-Zernike relation is a shining (or maybe one should say ‘opalescent’) example.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
Accidental deviations of density and opalescence at the critical point of a single substance.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
The main idea is of course based on the existence of truly massless mode at this point, the sigma field, which is responsible for “critical opalescence” and large fluctuations.
New phases of QCD, the tricritical point, and RHIC as a ``nutcracker''
This is in analogy to critical opalescence, where we expect enlarged fluctuations close to the CP.
Report from NA49
It was suggested that the analog of critical opalescence may be detectable through intermittency analysis in pT space.
Report from NA49
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