fluo·​res·​cent | \ flu̇-ˈre-sᵊnt How to pronounce fluorescent (audio) , flȯ- \

Definition of fluorescent

1 : having or relating to fluorescence
2 : bright and glowing as a result of fluorescence fluorescent inks broadly : very bright in color

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Other Words from fluorescent

fluorescent noun
fluorescently adverb

Examples of fluorescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hairstylists and makeup artists have also shown us a couple of different ways to style a bun, as well as a fun, fluorescent way to disguise dark circles à la Blumarine. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Moments From Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2020 Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) rather than incandescent lightbulbs that use more energy and emit heat. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 The current method for grading and classifying syrups involves trained human taste testers who are very rarely augmented in high-tech industrial settings with fluorescent spectroscopy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Artificial “tongue” for maple syrup weeds out batches with “buddy” off flavors," 28 May 2020 Life-protecting pressurized suits have changed, too: The new flight’s two astronauts, NASA veterans Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, will not wear the fluorescent orange ensembles of the space shuttle era. Irene Klotz, Scientific American, "Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch," 27 May 2020 These days, the lights on 42nd street are a fluorescent memory, but there is still hope. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "6 Feel-Good Broadway Musicals to Stream Right Now," 13 May 2020 In the approach scientists like Dr. Nardell describe, fixtures mounted on walls or ceilings, similar to fluorescent lights used today, shine ultraviolet light across the top of an interior space, well above people’s heads. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Scientists Consider Indoor Ultraviolet Light to Zap Coronavirus in the Air," 7 May 2020 Her pink sponge helmet glows in the fluorescent light. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 His colleagues are dressed in blue hospital scrubs, bouffant caps, isolation gowns made of a yellow, paper-like tissue, and nitrile gloves, their faces obscured by N95 respirators and clear plastic face-shields reflecting harsh fluorescent light. Elliott Woods, Wired, "‘Let’s Save Some Lives’: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Pandemic," 3 May 2020

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First Known Use of fluorescent

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fluorescent was in 1853

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6 Oct 2020

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“Fluorescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluorescent. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fluorescent

: producing light when electricity flows through a tube that is filled with a type of gas
: very bright


fluo·​res·​cent | \ flu̇-ˈre-sᵊnt How to pronounce fluorescent (audio) , flō- \

Kids Definition of fluorescent

1 : giving out visible light when exposed to external radiation a fluorescent substance a fluorescent coating
2 : producing visible light by means of a fluorescent coating a fluorescent bulb
3 : extremely bright or glowing fluorescent colors

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