• WordNet 3.6
    • n opalescence the visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Opalescence (Min) A reflection of a milky or pearly light from the interior of a mineral, as in the moonstone; the state or quality of being opalescent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n opalescence The quality of being opalescent; iridescence like that of the opal; a play of colors milky rather than brilliant; the property of exhibiting such a play of color.
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In literature:

After a long time more she perceived a faint, opalescent glimmer in the distance ahead.
"Conjuror's House" by Stewart Edward White
On the second day, minute, transparent vesicles appear and gradually develop, becoming opalescent.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
For at these times no shadow of a man carrying sticks, no mark at all, shows on her opalescent surface.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
A whirling bevy of gulls circled the bar, left naked and opalescent by the receding tide.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Purple undertones were beginning to soften the opalescent fire of Mont Ventour.
"The Christmas Kalends of Provence" by Thomas A. Janvier
It glowed opalescent now in a spot twenty feet across.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
Somewhere a temple, opalescent in the sunset, suggested rather than defined itself.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
While thus engaged a beautiful colour effect developed softly before us through an opalescent, vaporous shroud.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Many other stones possess one or more properties of the opal, and are therefore considered more or less opalescent.
"The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones" by John Mastin
While, across this last, lay horizontal lines of fringed, semi-transparent, opalescent cloud.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet

In poetry:

An infinite
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.

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