luminous paint


: a paint containing a phosphor (such as zinc sulfide activated with copper) and so able to glow in the dark

Examples of luminous paint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As early as 1917, women detailing watch dials with the luminous paint suffered from anemia, bone fractures, and necrosis of the jaw, a result of them using their pursed lips to shape the contaminated brush tips into a fine point. John Lisle, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Sep. 2020 In 1916, the United States Radium Corporation opened a factory in Orange, NJ and hired 70 young women to paint numbers on wristwatches with luminous paint. Sarah Watts, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of luminous paint was in 1884

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“Luminous paint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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