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 Dictionary entry overview: What does luminescence mean? 

  The noun LUMINESCENCE has 2 senses:

1. light not due to incandescence; occurs at low temperatures
2. light from nonthermal sources

  Familiarity information: LUMINESCENCE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Light not due to incandescence; occurs at low temperatures

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("luminescence" is a kind of...):

light; visible light; visible radiation ((physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "luminescence"):

bioluminescence (luminescence produced by physiological processes (as in the firefly))

chemiluminescence (luminescence resulting from a chemical reaction as the oxidation of luciferin in fireflies)

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Light from nonthermal sources

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


glow; luminescence

Hypernyms ("luminescence" is a kind of...):

brightness; brightness level; light; luminance; luminosity; luminousness (the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light)

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