phosphorescence

noun
phos·​pho·​res·​cence | \ ˌfäs-fə-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce phosphorescence (audio) \

Definition of phosphorescence

1 : luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations (such as light or electrons) and continues for a noticeable time after these radiations have stopped — compare fluorescence
2 : an enduring luminescence without sensible heat

Examples of phosphorescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show’s one flaw, at least for me, was Celeste’s efforts to find and combine three different sources of light — phosphorescence, incandescence and iridescence — in order to create luminescence, which isn’t really how that works. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, the phosphorescence also gives the sails the slightest green tinge in daylight. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2020 With the eerie phosphorescence of her signature watercolor technique, her paintings carry both a sense of otherworldliness and a playful, winking humor. Liam Hess, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2020 All things are one thing and that one thing is all things—plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expanding universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time. Smithsonian, 22 Aug. 2019 On one overnight trip across the Channel, the ship’s paddle wheels churned up the glowing phosphorescence in the water, leaving a visible wake that made the 180-foot ship an easy target for German bombers. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 19 July 2017 On one overnight trip across the Channel, the ship’s paddle wheels churned up the glowing phosphorescence in the water, leaving a visible wake that made the 180-foot ship an easy target for German bombers. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 19 July 2017 Digging my hands through the water left sparkly white trails — what Igel calls pixie dust — because of phosphorescence in the water. Jared Whitlock And Donald Miralle, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2017 In short (super-short), the difference between fluorescence and phosphorescence is time. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 13 May 2010

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First Known Use of phosphorescence

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Phosphorescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphorescence. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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phosphorescence

noun
phos·​pho·​res·​cence | \ -ˈres-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce phosphorescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of phosphorescence

1 : luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by delayed reradiation at a different wavelength and that continues for a noticeable time after the incident radiation stops
2 : an enduring luminescence without sensible heat

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