lu·​mi·​nif·​er·​ous | \ ˌlü-mə-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce luminiferous (audio) \

Definition of luminiferous

: transmitting, producing, or yielding light

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Scientists were thrilled: This meant that the different kinds of waves didn’t need their own aethers, but all traveled through the same luminiferous aether. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of luminiferous

1801, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of luminiferous

: transmitting, producing, or yielding light

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a strong desire or propensity

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