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

Definition of luminiferous

: transmitting, producing, or yielding light

Examples of luminiferous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Luminiferous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of luminiferous

: transmitting, producing, or yielding light

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